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(Huffington Post)   Sheldon Adelson just comes out and admits the main reason he's trying to buy the presidency for Romney is so the DoJ won't investigate him for bribing the Chinese government   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 143
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2012-09-26 05:34:51 PM
"A vote for Romney is a vote for bribery and organized crime."

What a fantastic endorsement.

/I hope Romney appreciates the money
 
2012-09-26 05:43:03 PM
Does the phrase "throwing good money after bad" mean anything to you?
 
2012-09-26 05:45:53 PM
Sheldon's also trying to outFox Out Murdoch Israel, too.
 
2012-09-26 05:58:35 PM

Voiceofreason01: "A vote for Romney is a vote for bribery and organized crime."

What a fantastic endorsement.

/I hope Romney appreciates the money


That would make an awesome superPAC ad.
 
2012-09-26 06:01:38 PM
Adelsonfish
fatanimals.org
 
2012-09-26 07:02:38 PM
So, anyone paying attention knew this . . . but for him to publicly admit it? It's a bit shocking.
 
2012-09-26 08:19:44 PM
Serpentine, Shel, serpentine!
 
2012-09-26 08:40:55 PM
Good Jorb, Sheldon. Now even if Romney wins, the DoJ won't have a choice not to investigate, lest they openly appear to be bought and paid for.
 
2012-09-26 08:45:14 PM
Well it had to be something. Romney's already in Israel's pocket on the foreign policy tip with or without Sheldon's money.
 
2012-09-26 08:54:37 PM
If it is any consolation, this guy looks like he'll be dead soon, so there's that.
 
2012-09-26 09:03:01 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: If it is any consolation, this guy looks like he'll be dead soon, so there's that.


I was going to mention that. Why don't these guys with a shiatton of money and one foot in the grave just retire to their underwater/volcano/lunar lair in peace? Why do they just keep having to be evil when they're so near the end?

/see also Dick Cheney , Rupert Murdoch
 
2012-09-26 09:26:04 PM
Did people think he was spending $100M because he really thought Romney was that much better?
 
2012-09-26 09:36:35 PM

Mugato: AdolfOliverPanties: If it is any consolation, this guy looks like he'll be dead soon, so there's that.

I was going to mention that. Why don't these guys with a shiatton of money and one foot in the grave just retire to their underwater/volcano/lunar lair in peace? Why do they just keep having to be evil when they're so near the end?

/see also Dick Cheney , Rupert Murdoch


It's not about the money, it's about the game. It's the only thing keeping them alive.
 
2012-09-26 09:38:03 PM

impaler: Mugato: AdolfOliverPanties: If it is any consolation, this guy looks like he'll be dead soon, so there's that.

I was going to mention that. Why don't these guys with a shiatton of money and one foot in the grave just retire to their underwater/volcano/lunar lair in peace? Why do they just keep having to be evil when they're so near the end?

/see also Dick Cheney , Rupert Murdoch

It's not about the money, it's about the game. It's the only thing keeping them alive.


The game, and the blood of puppies.
 
2012-09-26 09:59:55 PM

Bontesla: So, anyone paying attention knew this . . . but for him to publicly admit it? It's a bit shocking.


It's because the majority of the people don't care;

Most people are uninformed and won't ever hear about this.

Those supporting Romney will still support him for their reasons, Hell, some will even chime in and love this Adelson guy for what he's doing.
 
2012-09-26 10:00:28 PM
Wasn't Newt his original whipping boy?

It's absolutely stunning where the GOP is right now.
 
2012-09-26 10:01:13 PM
In other words, Adelson is spending millions of dollars to curry political favor in the United States, hoping to fend off charges that he spent millions of dollars to curry political favor in Asia.

But here it's not bribery, it's speech!
 
2012-09-26 10:06:21 PM
He owns corporations [sweatshops] in China.
He says we need to get tough with China.
He wants to be elected so he can get tougher with his sweatshop employees in China.
 
2012-09-26 11:13:33 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-09-26 11:19:15 PM

impaler: It's not about the money, it's about the game. It's the only thing keeping them alive.


So far, that's only figurative. I think.
 
2012-09-26 11:21:57 PM
Good luck with that...
 
2012-09-26 11:23:29 PM
So, a question for the Fark Law Talkin' Guys: Can Adelson and/or Romney be charged for this? It doesn't sound legal to me.
 
2012-09-26 11:25:01 PM

BitwiseShift: Sheldon's also trying to outFox Out Murdoch Israel, too.


FTFA:

Critics also charge the government of making political appointments to Israel's public broadcasting system, sidelining prominent critics on state radio and passing anti-libel legislation meant to stifle investigative reporters.

Comments by Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, a Netanyahu confidant from his hawkish Likud Party, captured on tape at a recent party function highlight the animosity.

"We are dealing here ... with a media that is not only against the Likud - it is true, it mostly prefers the left and is not entirely objective - but beyond that it is a media that has lost respect for one small, simple word - the truth," he told a group of Likud activists.


The Likud remind me of the GOP more and more each day. And remind me why I think they're a bunch of neocon assholes.

/waits for people to call me anti-Semitic after making that comment
 
2012-09-26 11:26:27 PM

vudukungfu: He owns corporations [sweatshops] in China.
He says we need to get tough with China.
He wants to be elected so he can get tougher with his sweatshop employees in China.


Sheldon's just hoping to stay in China. If Obama gets re-elected, don't be surprised if Chinese seize all of his assets over there as part of a criminal enterprise. Why buy the milk when you can get the cow for free, right?
 
2012-09-26 11:28:23 PM
Just die you archaic douchebag. Your DoJ issues of your own doing are not a reason for you to fark over everyone else just so you don't get farked. He should get the Roman style stripping of citizenship and banned from fire or comfort within 500 miles of the Capitol.
 
2012-09-26 11:30:09 PM

Mugato: Why don't these guys with a shiatton of money and one foot in the grave just retire to their underwater/volcano/lunar lair in peace? Why do they just keep having to be evil when they're so near the end?



It's a bucket list thing. You're nobody until you've bought a US President. All of his rich friends have one, and here is without one, so why not take a shot?
 
2012-09-26 11:30:31 PM
FTA: Adelson said a second Obama term would bring government 'vilification of people that were against him.'

When did Obama say that?
 
2012-09-26 11:32:00 PM

Fluorescent Testicle: So, a question for the Fark Law Talkin' Guys: Can Adelson and/or Romney be charged for this? It doesn't sound legal to me.


Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
 
2012-09-26 11:35:39 PM

mrshowrules: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 600x400]


Romney and Ryan in unison: "checkmate"
 
2012-09-26 11:39:06 PM
A bribe to protect bribery is the illegal version of "become president to lower your tax rates."

Citizens United - The constitutionally protected "Get Out of Jail Free" card for the 1%.
 
2012-09-26 11:39:09 PM
img.photobucket.com

Bring it, you DoJ bastages.
 
2012-09-26 11:40:49 PM
Seriously: I'm one of the libbiest libs that ever libbed, and even I'm not buying that headline with a link to HuffPo.

But both sides are the bad, so vote for Kodos!
 
2012-09-26 11:42:48 PM

shower_in_my_socks: Mugato: Why don't these guys with a shiatton of money and one foot in the grave just retire to their underwater/volcano/lunar lair in peace? Why do they just keep having to be evil when they're so near the end?


It's a bucket list thing. You're nobody until you've bought a US President. All of his rich friends have one, and here is without one, so why not take a shot?


That, and it's important to remember that the more the wealth is completely centered at the top, the more glorious the golden shower of trickle down economics will be in some distant Utopia heralded by unicorns, rainbows and 3-titted women who don't mind if you're in 4 fantasy football leagues.
 
2012-09-26 11:43:52 PM

MFAWG: Seriously: I'm one of the libbiest libs that ever libbed, and even I'm not buying that headline with a link to HuffPo.

But both sides are the bad, so vote for Kodos!


What if I were to tell you that... it was HuffPo.... reporting on.... The NEW. YORK. F*CKING. TIMES?
 
2012-09-26 11:44:03 PM
Yes, I know that I'm ripping off oxtallboy or whatever his name is (too lazy to remember). Apologies, bro.

/I'll show myself out
 
2012-09-26 11:45:03 PM

Jonathan Strange: Yes, I know that I'm ripping off oxtallboy or whatever his name is (too lazy to remember). Apologies, bro.

/I'll show myself out


Yes, that's him. And until he's here and you should step aside, fire away, bro.
 
2012-09-26 11:46:18 PM
Why am I not surprised that a Jew would jump on that Japanese bagel head fad?
 
2012-09-26 11:47:12 PM

MFAWG: Seriously: I'm one of the libbiest libs that ever libbed, and even I'm not buying that headline with a link to HuffPo.

But both sides are the bad, so vote for Kodos!


"Kodo and Kodo say they'll devour footmen, but what about knights? Jaina Proudmoore reports."

"Next hour, Thrall issues cease and desist when it is revealed that war drums are used at political rally."
 
2012-09-26 11:47:59 PM
Adelson is rich. Scientology rich. When you're that rich, you don't worry about whether the laws are your favor, you go to certain people in Washington and have them write laws in your favor.

Plenty of legislators with price tags on em. Occasionally one gets thrown in prison as a sop to the people who believe the system works (Duke Cunningham, e.g.) but that's just window dressing.
 
2012-09-26 11:48:06 PM
<img src="http://www.prisonerofagenda.com/pics/lawlit/shylock105.jpg">
Approves.
 
2012-09-26 11:48:32 PM

Mugato: AdolfOliverPanties: If it is any consolation, this guy looks like he'll be dead soon, so there's that.

I was going to mention that. Why don't these guys with a shiatton of money and one foot in the grave just retire to their underwater/volcano/lunar lair in peace? Why do they just keep having to be evil when they're so near the end?

/see also Dick Cheney , Rupert Murdoch


Being old with lots of money, man those are your prime years for evil! You gotta make sure you do every last thing possible to screw over the rest of the world before you die.
 
2012-09-26 11:51:45 PM

Eatin' Queer Fetuses for Jesus: Why am I not surprised that a Jew would jump on that Japanese bagel head fad?


I just googled "japanese bagel head"

I'm going to go cry now
 
2012-09-26 11:53:25 PM

coeyagi: MFAWG: Seriously: I'm one of the libbiest libs that ever libbed, and even I'm not buying that headline with a link to HuffPo.

But both sides are the bad, so vote for Kodos!

What if I were to tell you that... it was HuffPo.... reporting on.... The NEW. YORK. F*CKING. TIMES?


Next, on ESPN 30 for 30.
 
2012-09-26 11:54:55 PM

coeyagi: Jonathan Strange: Yes, I know that I'm ripping off oxtallboy or whatever his name is (too lazy to remember). Apologies, bro.

/I'll show myself out

Yes, that's him. And until he's here and you should step aside, fire away, bro.


I'm a big fan of his, but just couldn't remember the exact spelling of his name. He's a gotdang national treasure.
 
2012-09-26 11:56:51 PM

reklamfox: Mugato: AdolfOliverPanties: If it is any consolation, this guy looks like he'll be dead soon, so there's that.

I was going to mention that. Why don't these guys with a shiatton of money and one foot in the grave just retire to their underwater/volcano/lunar lair in peace? Why do they just keep having to be evil when they're so near the end?

/see also Dick Cheney , Rupert Murdoch

Being old with lots of money, man those are your prime years for evil! You gotta make sure you do every last thing possible to screw over the rest of the world before you die.


Yes, that's what life is all about.
 
2012-09-26 11:57:10 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com

Michael, we're bigger than U.S. Steel.
 
2012-09-27 12:02:17 AM

Fluorescent Testicle: So, a question for the Fark Law Talkin' Guys: Can Adelson and/or Romney be charged for this? It doesn't sound legal to me.


No.

He phrased it carefully, he went out of his way to claim Obama is an evil bigot-monster against poor casino-owners and sin-profiteers like him (as opposed to the moralistic Romney) and that the DOJ is unfairly targeting him and Romney would simply return things to "fair and balanced" and leave him alone.

Adelson can still go to jail for what he's being investigated for (bribery in China) but the only evidence we have for that is essentially from a whistleblower who sold him out because said whistleblower was fired.

Romney can't be busted unless you have particularly damning evidence, like a taped conversation where Romney pretty explicitly agrees to a kickback arrangement or a well-documented pattern of taking "gifts" and delivering political favors.

But in the court of public opinion we can hammer Adelson and Romney for collusion and bribery and organized crime. Anyone who works for the DoJ has just been insulted and has a more personal interest in taking the corrupt mofo down. The only bad news from this is the hail mary Adelson is gambling on, that Obama will be forced to pull the DoJ back as Adelson spends millions more attacking Obama and democrats as, "going after their political enemies." And make no mistake, Sheldon will make those attacks if Obama wins.
 
2012-09-27 12:06:28 AM
Y'know sheldon, there's an easy way to keep the DoJ off your ass:

i75.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-27 12:06:41 AM
I tried to re-write "Pronoun Trouble" for Adelson in the role of Daffy Duck, and I can't figger out who is spozed to play Bugs, because I has the stupid. I have Eric Holder playing Elmer Fudd though.
 
2012-09-27 12:16:57 AM

Testiclaw: Eatin' Queer Fetuses for Jesus: Why am I not surprised that a Jew would jump on that Japanese bagel head fad?

I just googled "japanese bagel head"

I'm going to go cry now


Sorry... figured everyone had already seen it on the main page.

/idontwanttoliveonthisplanetanymore.j pg
 
2012-09-27 12:27:14 AM
I am thoroughly enjoying the complete and hilarious collapse of the modern Republican party.
 
2012-09-27 12:29:19 AM

MFAWG: Seriously: I'm one of the libbiest libs that ever libbed, and even I'm not buying that headline with a link to HuffPo.

But both sides are the bad, so vote for Kodos!


No love for Moon Unit one Zappa?
 
2012-09-27 12:32:41 AM
Adelson is a dirty sack of crap. Also, I thought he was supposed to be good with money? Why is he betting $100 million on this losing horse?
 
2012-09-27 12:33:44 AM

intelligent comment below: I am thoroughly enjoying the complete and hilarious collapse of the modern Republican party.


I find it sad and disgusting.Both sides suck and won't allow a real 3rd party to form.
/Independent.
 
2012-09-27 12:36:35 AM
It's a little weird that he'd admit to it, so I wonder if he's just pre-emptively pulling out the "help, help, I'm being oppressed" card because he's realized that Romney's going to lose.
 
2012-09-27 12:39:19 AM
Well, nice of him to confirm the most popular theory as to why he's trying to buy a presidency for someone, anyone.
 
2012-09-27 12:41:26 AM

Evil Mackerel: I find it sad and disgusting.Both sides suck and won't allow a real 3rd party to form.
/Independent.



No, both sides don't suck. Democrats are your only hope, and because since 1980 they have less and less voters, they keep having to pander to more special interests.
 
2012-09-27 12:42:18 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Adelsonfish
[fatanimals.org image 850x520]


thekitchencabinet.us
"Yeah, like you would know. Mollusks aren't f*ckin' kosher anyways, you f*ck."
 
2012-09-27 12:43:41 AM

MFAWG: Seriously: I'm one of the libbiest libs that ever libbed, and even I'm not buying that headline with a link to HuffPo.

But both sides are the bad, so vote for Kodos!


This article is little derpy. Huff Po can be a vehicle for fast and loose articles or good ones. (Usually, this goes for demands for context, demands for independent verification over self description during the dying end of a campaign, etc. Theres a lot out there on his guy.
At any rate, since I saw no one (?) ask for context....


So why does he do it? For the first time, Adelson talked in detail about his top five reasons:
1) Self-defense: Adelson said a second Obama term would bring government "vilification of people that were against him." He thinks he would be at the top of that list and contends that he already has been targeted for his political activity.
Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corp. is being scrutinized by federal investigators looking into possible money-laundering in Vegas, and possible violation of bribery laws by the company's ventures in China, including four casinos in the gambling mecca of Macau. (Amazingly, 90 percent of the corporation's revenue is now from Asia, including properties in Macau and Singapore.)
The country's leading megadonor is irritated by the leaks. "When I see what's happening to me and this company, about accusations that are unfounded, that kind of behavior ... has to stop," he said.
Adelson gave the interview in part to signal that he intends to fight back in increasingly visible ways. Articles about the investigations appeared last month on the front pages of The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He maintains that after his family became heavily involved in the election, the government began leaking information about federal inquiries that involve old events, and with which the company has been cooperating.
The aim of the leaks, he argued, is "making me toxic so that they can make the argument to the Republicans, 'This guy is toxic. Don't do business with him. Don't take his money.' Not all government employees are leakers, but most of the leakers are government employees."
Asked to response to Adelson's comments, the Justice Department said it does not comment on, or confirm, investigations.

2) Friends in high places: If Romney were elected, Adelson would have a powerful ally on the two issues he cares most about: the security and prosperity of Israel, and opposition to unions, including the so-called card-check proposal that would make it easier for workers to organize. Adelson runs the only nonunion casino on the Strip - a status he says he has retained by lavishing workers with benefits, including subsidized child care.
"He doesn't care about access - he has access," the Republican official said. "When these candidates sit down with him, they're not just talking about this election, but about Israel in the future. He has the cause, and he has the money."

Adelson said he recently told Romney: "I want to tell you something: I'm not looking for an ambassadorship. I'm not looking for anything, except if I'm fortunate enough to be invited to another [White House] Hanukkah party, I want two potato pancakes, because last time I was there, they ran out of them." He explained that he went "to all the Hanukkah parties for the eight years of Bush ... but the last time I was there, they ran out of ... latkes."
3) Loathes Obama: For all his wealth and worldliness (models of each of his personal airplanes hang from his office ceiling), Adelson is driven in part by the concerns of everyday conservatives. He recently read "The Amateur," the anti-Obama bestseller by Edward Klein. And Adelson complained about Obama's "czars," a conservative preoccupation early in Obama's term.
Adelson said he worries about "any man that sets up a shadow government, not accountable to anybody. ... What are the czars, if they're not a substitute for the secretaries of Commerce, of State, of Interior? They're not under any rules, they're just consultants to him in his office. And then he'll come along and say, 'Well, Bush did it.' But that's not the way the government is supposed to be run."
Like many other businesspeople who depend on tourism, Adelson holds a grudge from just three weeks after Obama's inauguration, when the new president said financiers receiving bailouts shouldn't "go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers' dime."
"From that point on, Vegas started to go down," Adelson said. "And he's got the nerve, the chutzpah, to come here and raise money here. He should follow his own advice and not come to Vegas. He hurt me. He hurt 200,000 people working in the hospitality industry in this town."
4) Efficiency on the right: Adelson has played a previously unreported role that has helped maximize the outside groups' muscle. He has insisted that they coordinate their efforts, making the spending more efficient. "If word got back to him that a group wasn't cooperating, he'd cut them off," said a top official at one of the groups, who deals personally with Adelson. "It's to maximize the dollars. You don't want repetition. You don't people doubling up. He doesn't want to feel like his money is wasted."

The largest groups - American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, which Karl Rove helped found; Restore Our Future, the pro-Romney super PAC; Americans for Prosperity, funded partly by David and Charles Koch; American Action Network, focused on House races; and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - were already coordinating. Crossroads bought ad time heavily in July, then went dark as Restore Our Future and Americans for Prosperity took over for August.
Starting this month, the division of labor has been by states. Restore Our Future is currently buying in Michigan and Wisconsin, while Crossroads is on the air in eight other states - Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. The major groups say none of this fall's state buys will overlap.

Rove remains the strategic mastermind, participants say. Adelson's influence, according to top Republicans, is more philosophical and is especially strong with smaller, start-up groups - like the Young Guns Action Fund, started by Cantor allies - that otherwise might splinter off but instead are encouraged to act as part of the team.
One official said many donors have been pushing for such coordination, based on Rove's Weaver Terrace Project in 2010, a meeting that brought the big conservative spenders together. "Most of the major donors have become sophisticated," said one top Republican official. "They have a line of people out their door wanting checks, and the first question they ask is: Are you working with these groups? Sheldon is very pointed about it."
5) Empowering small business: Adelson, son of a Boston cab driver and a seamstress, has been an entrepreneur since he was 12 and spent $200 to buy the exclusive rights to sell newspapers outside the employee's entrance of a Boston department store. He says he has worked in more than 50 businesses, from bagel vendor to court reporter to mortgage broker to investment adviser to charter-airline operator. He got rich by starting COMDEX, the computer trade show, once a popular "Geek Week" for the budding industry.
Adelson has given to dozens of Republican or conservative candidates and groups for this election, and has been petitioned by many dozens more.
And his role is growing as an impresario of the right, with increasing gifts to causes beyond classic political groups, such as specific organizations dealing with topics like labor reform, tort reform and pro-Israel issues. He and his wife of 21 years, Miriam Adelson, a physician specializing in drug abuse and addiction, are partners in their many political and philanthropic projects. She listened in on the interview via speakerphone from the Adelson Clinic, a drug-rehabilitation center that she and her husband founded and funded in Vegas, along with another in Tel Aviv. They have also helped start one in Macau.
Also in Israel, Adelson's family has started a conservative newspaper that is, like Romney, very supportive of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "We are too fair," Adelson quipped. "We intended to make it fair and balanced because the other newspapers are so far to the left. The problem in education and in the press is that everybody is to the left."
Adelson's political network grew in part through the trips that he and his wife took to Israel with lawmakers through the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. "I've accompanied 205 congressmen and senators to Israel," he recalled. "So, I spend a week with each one of 'em. So, you must know that I have a lot of friends. And why do I have a good friendship with them? Because I never ask 'em for anything - never. And everybody says to me, 'You're the only guy that does something for us that never asks for anything.'"

 
2012-09-27 12:43:45 AM

robmilmel: Serpentine, Shel, serpentine!


static6.businessinsider.com
"I would, but your mom threw my back out last night."
 
2012-09-27 12:46:08 AM

I_Am_Weasel: Good Jorb, Sheldon. Now even if Romney wins, the DoJ won't have a choice not to investigate, lest they openly appear to be bought and paid for.


mjcdn.motherjones.com
"You say that like you think the DOJ gives a sh*t what people think about them. Look at Eric Holder right now. Who the f*ck is going to investigate his ass?"
 
2012-09-27 12:49:51 AM

ox45tallboy: Who the f*ck is going to investigate his ass?"


Or, the heat gets turned up on him, and he takes a private jet to Tel-Aviv. Done. This Huff Po article is assigning this "primacy" to this DoJ argument, how exactly?
 
2012-09-27 12:53:46 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does the phrase "throwing good money after bad" mean anything to you?


If you have enough bad money to throw, why would you even need good money?
 
2012-09-27 12:54:22 AM

rudemix: Just die you archaic douchebag.


Just find his phylactery, and his ass is yours!

/Mwhu, ha ha!
 
2012-09-27 12:56:10 AM

vudukungfu: He owns corporations [sweatshops] in China.


specials-images.forbes.com
"Yeah, I probably do. I'm not too sure myself. So what's your point?"


vudukungfu: He says we need to get tough with China.


media1.policymic.com
"Yeah, and I need to get tough with your Mom. Thing is, I don't care. I make money either way. You shut down the China trade, and I buy up the sweatshops in the Phillippines.


vudukungfu: He wants to be elected so he can get tougher with his sweatshop employees in China.


31.cdn.bit2host.eu
"Look, you putz. I get tough with whoever I want, whenever I want. You're missing the point. Don't you understand that part of the Republican platform is to do away with the minimum wage in the Marianas Islands? Next thing you know, I'll have f*cking sweatshops with the 'Made in the USA' label on the sh*tty t-shirts pouring out of them!"
 
2012-09-27 12:57:09 AM
back again by popular demand, the video of the Sheldon Adelson deposition Link

/Worked for this scumbag at the Palazzo.
//Most dysfunctional casino on Earth.
 
2012-09-27 12:57:15 AM

Gyrfalcon: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does the phrase "throwing good money after bad" mean anything to you?

If you have enough bad money to throw, why would you even need good money?


Whoa...
 
2012-09-27 12:57:23 AM
AeAe: Also, I thought he was supposed to be good with money? Why is he betting $100 million on this losing horse?

I think he thinks it's +EV if Romney has a better than 20-to-1 chance of winning.

/ $100 million bet
// $2 billion tax break if he wins
/// He stands to lose a lot more than the $100MM if he loses, though
 
2012-09-27 12:57:28 AM

Party Boy: ox45tallboy: Who the f*ck is going to investigate his ass?"

Or, the heat gets turned up on him, and he takes a private jet to Tel-Aviv. Done. This Huff Po article is assigning this "primacy" to this DoJ argument, how exactly?


One would hope the DoJ would seize/freeze his assets if that happened.

Bet he would not live long after that.
 
2012-09-27 12:59:55 AM

Jonathan Strange: Yes, I know that I'm ripping off oxtallboy or whatever his name is (too lazy to remember). Apologies, bro.

/I'll show myself out


images.christianpost.com
"Actually, you bring up a valid point. The only downside to a DOJ investigation is whether or not I can enter the US any time I feel like it. You really think China or Israel or anywhere else I invest my money is going to hand me over to the Americans over a little misunderstanding about taxable income I made overseas?"
 
2012-09-27 01:00:39 AM
Direct sentence from the article the Huff Po says "answered the question."

Friends in high places: If Romney were elected, Adelson would have a powerful ally on the two issues he cares most about: the security and prosperity of Israel, and opposition to unions, including the so-called card-check proposal that would make it easier for workers to organize.

Huff Po headline
Sheldon Adelson: Investigation Into His Casinos By Justice Department Is Top Reason For Backing Romney

Lazy.
 
2012-09-27 01:01:11 AM

Victoly: AeAe: Also, I thought he was supposed to be good with money? Why is he betting $100 million on this losing horse?

I think he thinks it's +EV if Romney has a better than 20-to-1 chance of winning.

/ $100 million bet
// $2 billion tax break if he wins
/// He stands to lose a lot more than the $100MM if he loses, though


I forgot about that 2B tax break.
 
2012-09-27 01:02:01 AM

one of Ripley's Bad Guys: One would hope the DoJ would seize/freeze his assets if that happened.

Bet he would not live long after that.


Hows that DoJ track record on the wealthy?

Yeah.
 
2012-09-27 01:03:30 AM

coeyagi: What if I were to tell you that... it was HuffPo.... reporting on.... The NEW. YORK. F*CKING. TIMES?


1.bp.blogspot.com
"Good, good... let them all talk about what each other is saying about me... I grow stronger with every article published!"
 
2012-09-27 01:04:09 AM

Evil Mackerel: won't allow a real 3rd party to form.


That's not the fault of the two parties, it's a fundamental flaw in the winner-take-all American system of government. Any significant third party that forms will siphon most of its votes from one party or the other, which must then assimilate the third party's platform or be forced into an extremely weak position.

That's also why party platforms are so unstable over time. Parties must constantly adjust their platforms to try and stay at or above 50%, because to drop significantly below that risks complete irrelevance.

We're stuck with a two-party system until the Constitution is re-written, and the people whose fault that is have been dead for 150 years.
 
2012-09-27 01:07:24 AM

AeAe: Adelson is a dirty sack of crap. Also, I thought he was supposed to be good with money? Why is he betting $100 million on this losing horse?


edsopinion.com
"It's called a hedge. See, say Romney has a 20% chance of winning the presidency. If he wins, then I save way more than 5 times the 100 million, we're actually looking at billions in taxes over a four-year term. If someone offered you a lotto ticket for $100 that had a one-in-five chance of winning $5,000, you'd buy it, right?"
 
2012-09-27 01:09:11 AM

apoptotic: It's a little weird that he'd admit to it, so I wonder if he's just pre-emptively pulling out the "help, help, I'm being oppressed" card because he's realized that Romney's going to lose.


photos.lasvegassun.com
"Well, I am Jewish, and that black bastard is Muslim, so take from that what you will."
 
2012-09-27 01:13:46 AM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: Just find his phylactery, and his ass is yours!


a.abcnews.com
"Your mom didn't have much trouble finding my phylactery!"
 
2012-09-27 01:17:07 AM

Party Boy: Or, the heat gets turned up on him, and he takes a private jet to Tel-Aviv. Done. This Huff Po article is assigning this "primacy" to this DoJ argument, how exactly?


www.casinoenterprisemanagement.com
"Er... I'm not too sure what the f*ck a 'primacy' is or why the f*cking Huffington Post would assign one. If I need one, I just send one of my people out to get me one."
 
2012-09-27 01:18:43 AM

Mrtraveler01: BitwiseShift: Sheldon's also trying to outFox Out Murdoch Israel, too.

FTFA:

Critics also charge the government of making political appointments to Israel's public broadcasting system, sidelining prominent critics on state radio and passing anti-libel legislation meant to stifle investigative reporters.

Comments by Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, a Netanyahu confidant from his hawkish Likud Party, captured on tape at a recent party function highlight the animosity.

"We are dealing here ... with a media that is not only against the Likud - it is true, it mostly prefers the left and is not entirely objective - but beyond that it is a media that has lost respect for one small, simple word - the truth," he told a group of Likud activists.

The Likud remind me of the GOP more and more each day. And remind me why I think they're a bunch of neocon assholes.

/waits for people to call me anti-Semitic after making that comment


Listening for the Anti-Defamation-League helicopter. Nope??? Ok you're safe.

/any country that says it's democratic but states that it a country of a specific religion or ethnicity, is lying about being a democracy.
 
2012-09-27 01:20:04 AM
Can't we just deport this piece of shiat to Israel?
 
2012-09-27 01:20:28 AM

Coelacanth: /Worked for this scumbag at the Palazzo.
//Most dysfunctional casino on Earth.


i.huffpost.com
"Look, you putz! I treat you f*cking goyim good! You get subsidized child care, for f*cks sake! Where else on the Strip do you get your boss to pay for f*cking day care! You don't like it, I'll fire your ass and have ten people begging me for your job within the hour!"
 
2012-09-27 01:21:41 AM

ox45tallboy: "Er... I'm not too sure what the f*ck a 'primacy' is or why the f*cking Huffington Post would assign one. If I need one, I just send one of my people out to get me one."


http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primacy

They're saying you have a primary reason, and are lazy with their source in a weak attempt to support it. I wouldn't take that, Sheldy.
 
2012-09-27 01:22:08 AM
imageshack.us
 
2012-09-27 01:27:14 AM

cmb53208: Can't we just deport this piece of shiat to Israel?


media.npr.org
"I go where I want, when I want. That includes Israel, that includes the United States. You f*cks don't even realize how much you need me. Who the f*ck do you think signs half the paychecks on the Strip? I already bring in more property tax and more payroll tax than pretty much any other one single individual in this f*cking country, and you f*cks just want to tax me more. How much else can I do? Jesus f*cking Christ, you bunch of ingrates make me sick!"
 
2012-09-27 01:32:18 AM
Coelacanth 2012-09-27 12:57:09 AM


back again by popular demand, the video of the Sheldon Adelson deposition Link

/Worked for this scumbag at the Palazzo.
//Most dysfunctional casino on Earth.


Uh.

I keep thinking send in the Angry Marines! but then my brain pukes up a couple tension springs and a camshaft for some reason.

Nothing can touch this slimy old bastard at all, right?
 
2012-09-27 01:32:43 AM

Party Boy: They're saying you have a primary reason, and are lazy with their source in a weak attempt to support it. I wouldn't take that, Sheldy.


www.washingtonpost.com
"Yeah, I took Arianna's head in my lap like this, and I gave her a f*cking primacy to the back of the throat. She was all like, 'Mmm mmm Shldnm nn cnt brrrrth mmm mmmm'. And then I showed her my definition of 'yellow journalism'."
 
2012-09-27 01:34:54 AM

Kittypie070: Nothing can touch this slimy old bastard at all, right?


www.gambling911.com
"That's right. I'm like M.C. Hammer. When you're this rich, life is good."
 
2012-09-27 01:36:57 AM
You can't bribe Death, Adelson! You're old! When your time comes...!!
 
2012-09-27 01:41:08 AM

dookdookdook: [imageshack.us image 712x334]


www.truthdig.com
*Sigh* "A pile of sausages, huh? Really? Look, let me explain a few things to you people I do what I do because I like doing it. It's hard work, a lot harder than you people think. I have to keep track of a lot of sh*t, and make guesses about what people are going to do, so I'll know where to put in a new hotel or casino. If I guess wrong, I'm a laughingstock like f*cking Donald Trump. Thing is, I don't guess wrong. I make decisions that affect lots of people. And I never, ever get credit for what I bring to an area when I invest billions and hire thousands of people and pay millions in taxes which fund schools and roads and community centers. You think I'm evil because I don't want to pay even more in taxes?"
 
2012-09-27 01:46:29 AM

Kittypie070: You can't bribe Death, Adelson! You're old! When your time comes...!!


juanitajean.com
"I know that. I understand it. I go to the f*cking synagogue weekly. But before I die, I want to make sure Israel will live on without me. Do you know how much f*cking money I give to support Israel? Is it wrong for me to put forth every effort to make sure that the United States keeps supporting Israel? I got every right to have my own opinion on what's best for Israel. Obama doesn't want to do what I think is best, and Romney will do whatever the f*ck I tell him to because the only things he knows are jack and sh*t. If you had my kind of money, wouldn't you be trying to influence governmental policy? Especially when you thought the government was doing something wrong?"
 
2012-09-27 01:47:42 AM
To block the imminent investigation AND to free John Pollard.
 
2012-09-27 01:54:52 AM
www.bloomberg.com
"You people are all upset because I'm working the system exactly like it was designed. And I'm pretty damned successful at it. If you want to change the world, you're free to do so yourself. You think other rich people don't buy politicians? You people defend the whole notion of Capitalism, and then get pissed off when someone's actually f*cking good at it. The whole point of Capitalism is that capital is king. My reward for providing you people with a product you demanded is that I get to make the rules now. And now, I want to pay less in taxes and get the U.S. to handle Iran so Israel doesn't have to. I'm willing to use all the money I earned from you people to do it. Did anyone stick a gun to your head and say, 'go spend money at my casino'? Were any of you hungry or thirsty and I had the only food and drink available? F*ck no. You came to my casinos, and you paid for my product because you wanted to. This is my money now, and I'm doing whatever the f*ck I want to with it."
 
2012-09-27 01:59:12 AM

TV's Vinnie: To block the imminent investigation AND to free John Pollard.


sharequotes.us
"Pollard knew what he was getting into. Sure, it'd make me a national hero if I got him out, but that'd be the only reason I'd waste any effort on him. He was a soldier. He got caught. So be it."
 
2012-09-27 02:01:26 AM

Mrtraveler01: BitwiseShift: Sheldon's also trying to outFox Out Murdoch Israel, too.

FTFA:

Critics also charge the government of making political appointments to Israel's public broadcasting system, sidelining prominent critics on state radio and passing anti-libel legislation meant to stifle investigative reporters.

Comments by Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, a Netanyahu confidant from his hawkish Likud Party, captured on tape at a recent party function highlight the animosity.

"We are dealing here ... with a media that is not only against the Likud - it is true, it mostly prefers the left and is not entirely objective - but beyond that it is a media that has lost respect for one small, simple word - the truth," he told a group of Likud activists.

The Likud remind me of the GOP more and more each day. And remind me why I think they're a bunch of neocon assholes.

/waits for people to call me anti-Semitic after making that comment


"Neocon" is a word that gets thrown around a lot, and usually inappropriately. Neoconservatism is a well-defined political philosophy referring specifically to the writings of Leo Strauss and his intellectual progeny. Strauss, in turn, was obviously heavily influenced by the same Revisionist Zionism that forms the theoretical framework of the Likud party - he himself was a devotee of Vladimir Jabotinsky, the founder of the Political Zionist tradition which later gave rise to Revisionist Zionism. Thus, it should come as no surprise that Likud bears a striking resemblance to neoconservatism.
 
2012-09-27 02:10:50 AM

Mugato: AdolfOliverPanties: If it is any consolation, this guy looks like he'll be dead soon, so there's that.

I was going to mention that. Why don't these guys with a shiatton of money and one foot in the grave just retire to their underwater/volcano/lunar lair in peace? Why do they just keep having to be evil when they're so near the end?

/see also Dick Cheney , Rupert Murdoch


Because when you get to that level of cash it's no longer about money or luxury... it's about power. The power to make sh*t happen when they snap their fingers. The power to have whatever they want, however they want, whenever they want. The power to control you.

That's what people like Adelson want. He has enough cash and material things for several lifetimes... he's got nothing left to life for except fu(king with people.
 
2012-09-27 02:11:46 AM

BMulligan: Neoconservatism is a well-defined political philosophy referring specifically to the writings of Leo Strauss and his intellectual progeny.


Hmmmm. I don't claim to be an expert, but I've always seen neoconservatism as an advancement of conservative ideology (mainly pro-business, anti-governmental control) to include military interventionism in other countries, specifically those with regimes who are contrary to American business interests. The philosophy doesn't necessarily include Zionism, although many Zionists adapt this philosophy themselves. I view Donald Rumsfeld as one of the more well-known practitioners of this philosophy, although not perhaps the strictest. And he's not Jewish.
 
2012-09-27 02:20:04 AM

rewind2846: Because when you get to that level of cash it's no longer about money or luxury... it's about power. The power to make sh*t happen when they snap their fingers. The power to have whatever they want, however they want, whenever they want. The power to control you.

That's what people like Adelson want. He has enough cash and material things for several lifetimes... he's got nothing left to life for except fu(king with people.


It's more than that. They want a legacy. They want to take the world into a different direction. I don't see it as necessarily evil - look at Bill Gates. He wants to change the world by getting rid of the 20 most deadly communicable diseases. Sounds noble, right?

Has he put any thought into how he's going to feed all of these people who will soon not be dying of communicable disease? Do you have any idea how unstable central Africa will become when there are even more people, but the food supplies have not proportionately increased? What kind of evil person would perpetuate those sorts of wars on the human race?

Look, I don't believe Bill Gates is evil. If I had his money, I would like to think that I would do something that noble. But if he is successful, bad things will happen.

By that same token, I don't believe that Sheldon Adelson is a completely evil man. He has a different worldview, sure, and I don't agree with it. Bad things will happen if he gets his way. But he is placing the good of Israel over what's best for the rest of the world, just like Bill Gates is placing the short-term good of the suffering individuals currently living in Africa against the long-term best interests of the African people as a whole.
 
2012-09-27 02:31:17 AM
Maybe, maybe not......but maybe....

mjcdn.motherjones.com

www.badhaven.com
 
2012-09-27 02:34:49 AM
ox45tallboy: Who the f*ck do you think signs half the paychecks on the Strip?

James J. Murren?

/ Gary Loveman?
// Career utility infielder Kurt Bevacqua?
 
2012-09-27 02:50:37 AM
If President Romney orders the FBI to leave Adelson alone after getting millions from Adelson isn't that a felony?

Does the president even have the authority to order the FBI who to investigate?
 
2012-09-27 02:51:28 AM

Victoly: James J. Murren?

/ Gary Loveman?


They're executives signing for someone else's money. Adelson owns the sh*t.
 
2012-09-27 02:56:00 AM

ox45tallboy: BMulligan: Neoconservatism is a well-defined political philosophy referring specifically to the writings of Leo Strauss and his intellectual progeny.

Hmmmm. I don't claim to be an expert, but I've always seen neoconservatism as an advancement of conservative ideology (mainly pro-business, anti-governmental control) to include military interventionism in other countries, specifically those with regimes who are contrary to American business interests. The philosophy doesn't necessarily include Zionism, although many Zionists adapt this philosophy themselves. I view Donald Rumsfeld as one of the more well-known practitioners of this philosophy, although not perhaps the strictest. And he's not Jewish.


No. Neoconservatism is by no means an evolutionary advancement of traditional conservatism - indeed, many prominent neoconservatives are or were former Democrats, mostly of the "Scoop Jackson Democrat" lineage. And Rumsfeld is no neoconservative (although he was certainly an effective stooge for them).

Seriously, read up on Strauss. He was a brilliant man, seriously misunderstood even - or perhaps, especially - by his disciples. His thinking about the meaning of texts was quite subtle and deep. Unfortunately his intellectual elitism was his undoing. He was blinded by his contempt for the hoi polloi and devotion to the hoi aristoi, going so far as to argue that state promotion of conservative religious tradition was an essential tool of political control (he himself was areligious, or close to it, by the end of his life). Yes, he believed in military interventionism, but not as an end in itself. He would not have approved of British or French military interventionism - he believed that only the United States and Israel could be trusted to advance and protect morality among the lesser nations, because only the United States and Israel had the intellectual courage to recognize that political life was necessarily an outgrowth of moral life. He didn't really care about economic issues, though - his focus was entirely on political ethics.

Neoconservatism as a modern American political philosophy really began in the 1950s, principally due to the writings of Irving Kristol and Norman Podhoretz. Jeane Kirkpatrick (later to serve as Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan) did as much as anyone to popularize neoconservatism, mostly in response to President Carter's efforts to spread democracy in the Third World, something that Kirkpatrick and others considered a fool's errand due to the residents of such benighted locales as being intellectually and morally ill suited to political self determination. The neoconservatives were enormously influential during the Reagan years, but lost their influence during the first Bush administration. They considered Bush's abandonment of the Kurds and Shi'ites following the first Gulf War to be a catastrophe, which is what put them at odds with a number of traditional conservatives including (ironically, as it would turn out) Dick Cheney.

Neither Bush nor Cheney was a neoconservative (although Lynn Cheney has been closely associated with neoconservatism for some time), and several members of the Bush administration were anathema to the neoconservatives (paging Colin Powell...). Cheney and Rumsfeld both found neoconservatives to be useful allies in pursuing their own agenda, however, which is how folks like Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, John Bolton, and Eliot Cohen came to inhabit positions of power within the Bush White House. I sometimes think that the neoconservatives and the more traditional conservatives enamored of realpolitik each thought of the others as useful idiots - think of the line from Bob Seger's "Night Moves:" "I used her, she used me, and neither one cared."

Fortunately, neoconservatism has fallen on hard times since the debacle in Iraq, but I don't believe for a moment that its corpse won't one day rise, zombie-like, from the intellectual graveyard. Mark my words - Leo Strauss' ideas will rise again to fark us all in the ass once more.
 
2012-09-27 02:56:10 AM

Kittypie070: Nothing can touch this slimy old bastard at all, right?


Kitty, this old fart is so slimy, even Death doesn't want to touch him.
 
2012-09-27 02:56:51 AM

Bucky Katt: If President Romney orders the FBI to leave Adelson alone after getting millions from Adelson isn't that a felony?

Does the president even have the authority to order the FBI who to investigate?


The President has quite a bit of latitude in how he executes the laws. The current President is directing ICE to not use their limited resources on deporting people who are here illegally because they were brought here at an early age, or who have served honorably in the armed forces.

The Director of the FBI serves at the President's leisure. If he decided (or was asked) to resign tomorrow, the current Director of the FBI, Robert Mueller, would address his resignation letter to Barack Obama, even though he was appointed by George W. Bush.
 
2012-09-27 03:03:01 AM

ox45tallboy: Bucky Katt: If President Romney orders the FBI to leave Adelson alone after getting millions from Adelson isn't that a felony?

Does the president even have the authority to order the FBI who to investigate?

The President has quite a bit of latitude in how he executes the laws. The current President is directing ICE to not use their limited resources on deporting people who are here illegally because they were brought here at an early age, or who have served honorably in the armed forces.

The Director of the FBI serves at the President's leisure. If he decided (or was asked) to resign tomorrow, the current Director of the FBI, Robert Mueller, would address his resignation letter to Barack Obama, even though he was appointed by George W. Bush.


It's a little more complicated than that. But only a little.
 
2012-09-27 03:12:32 AM
Adelson flew, Romney knew.
 
2012-09-27 03:14:55 AM

BMulligan: Seriously, read up on Strauss.


I've just skimmed over his Wikipedia entry. It looks like he abhorred the type of tyranny (as in, we're right, fark you) that neoconservatism has seemingly come to represent. Is there any further reading you would recommend?
 
2012-09-27 03:18:13 AM

TheBigJerk: It's a little more complicated than that. But only a little.


Yes, confirmation hearings, etc., plus the fact he could say "fark you" to the President if he asked for his resignation and force a showdown in Congress. But realistically speaking, the President is the Director of the FBI's boss.
 
2012-09-27 03:28:09 AM

Kittypie070: Coelacanth 2012-09-27 12:57:09 AM


back again by popular demand, the video of the Sheldon Adelson deposition Link

/Worked for this scumbag at the Palazzo.
//Most dysfunctional casino on Earth.

Uh.

I keep thinking send in the Angry Marines! but then my brain pukes up a couple tension springs and a camshaft for some reason.

Nothing can touch this slimy old bastard at all, right?


The Nevada Gaming Commission could, if he has any casinos in Nevada. They are the only people not scared of Jewish mobsters, having beaten Buggsy Siegel in his prime.
 
2012-09-27 03:50:31 AM

Gyrfalcon: The Nevada Gaming Commission could, if he has any casinos in Nevada. They are the only people not scared of Jewish mobsters, having beaten Buggsy Siegel in his prime.


www.fohguild.org


Bugsy Siegel was killed in 1947. The Nevada Gaming Commission was established in 1959.
 
2012-09-27 03:59:23 AM

ox45tallboy: BMulligan: Seriously, read up on Strauss.

I've just skimmed over his Wikipedia entry. It looks like he abhorred the type of tyranny (as in, we're right, fark you) that neoconservatism has seemingly come to represent. Is there any further reading you would recommend?


First of all, please understand that I am by no means expert on the subject. My previous post comprises pretty much everything I know about Strauss and his writings, plus a good deal that I do not really know but merely surmise. I have wanted for some time to read Shadia Drury's Leo Strauss and the American Right, but have not yet done so.

Second, I did say that Strauss' thoughts have almost certainly been distorted by some who present themselves as his devotees. I think he was a much more nuanced philosopher than many of his followers are intellectually capable of following (Kirkpatrick, in particular, was not half as bright as many of her present fans think she was, in my opinion, and Wolfowitz is a farking idiot). I'm not sure that he would have been as resistant to the "we're right; fark you" approach as you think - he was very explicit, after all, in his belief that moral and intellectual elites have the right and the duty to lead the unwashed masses, by subterfuge if necessary - but neither do I think that he would have been at all comfortable with the unrestrained asshattery we saw from his disciples within the Bush White House. As I said, he was a subtle and deep thinker, something that was not on evident display among those who have recently carried his banner. Let me put it this way - I know that Wolfowitz studied under Strauss at the University of Chicago, but I have no idea what sort of grades he earned there.
 
2012-09-27 04:17:48 AM

ox45tallboy: Gyrfalcon: The Nevada Gaming Commission could, if he has any casinos in Nevada. They are the only people not scared of Jewish mobsters, having beaten Buggsy Siegel in his prime.

[www.fohguild.org image 360x226]

Bugsy Siegel was killed in 1947. The Nevada Gaming Commission was established in 1959.


Ah, okay. I'm thinking of Meyer Lansky.
 
2012-09-27 04:24:44 AM
Adelson esplains his 100 million dollar interest in the 2012 electoral cycle?

G'head. I'm all ears.

/Actually, I'm mostly feet but the ears are kinda big too.

Adelson said he recently told Romney: "I want to tell you something: I'm not looking for an ambassadorship. I'm not looking for anything, except if I'm fortunate enough to be invited to another [White House] Hanukkah party, I want two potato pancakes, because last time I was there, they ran out of them."

50 million a pancake? Seems legit!

Hmm, and here I was thinking there wasn't anything else Shelly could say that would make me loathe him any mo..

He explained that he went "to all the Hanukkah parties for the eight years of Bush ... but the last time I was there, they ran out of ... latkes."

Oh, it's on now, biatch!
 
2012-09-27 04:25:00 AM

ox45tallboy: Has he put any thought into how he's going to feed all of these people who will soon not be dying of communicable disease? Do you have any idea how unstable central Africa will become when there are even more people, but the food supplies have not proportionately increased? What kind of evil person would perpetuate those sorts of wars on the human race?


Yeah, just like when smallpox and polio were eliminated. Did you ever stop to think that a country which isn't being ravaged by disease might be more productive? Oh and if those diseases are eliminated then subsequent waves of funding can go to reducing the birthrate or improving local agriculture. And it's not as if other people aren't working on the population and food issues in Africa.
 
2012-09-27 04:31:42 AM

Gyrfalcon: The Nevada Gaming Commission could, if he has any casinos in Nevada. They are the only people not scared of Jewish mobsters, having beaten Buggsy Siegel in his prime.


Gyr, this old bastard owns the Venetian, the Palazzo, and the Sands Convention Center. He might be one of the biggest employers in town, but God only knows how many people have a bottle stashed away to celebrate the day he dies, me included.
 
2012-09-27 04:42:43 AM
Any lawyers he may have must have nearly broken their wrists facepalming when they saw those comments.
 
2012-09-27 05:02:35 AM

Baryogenesis: Yeah, just like when smallpox and polio were eliminated. Did you ever stop to think that a country which isn't being ravaged by disease might be more productive? Oh and if those diseases are eliminated then subsequent waves of funding can go to reducing the birthrate or improving local agriculture. And it's not as if other people aren't working on the population and food issues in Africa.


Hey, I believe Gates is doing the right thing. I'd like to think that I would do the same if I had his kind of wealth. But it will cause suffering and death. It's a reality. However, those deaths will be down the road a generation or two, so Gates is essentially saying that the lives he can save right now are more valuable than those later. Adelson's version of the future will cause suffering and death as well, but he believes the lives of the Jews are more valuable than the lives of the goyim he wants to fight the wars on behalf of Israel.

I'm well aware that if you take the analogy too far, there is no moral reason to do anything, since someone will inevitably suffer. But if you accept the fact that someone is going to suffer even if you do nothing, then you can pretty much consider whatever you want to do as a "just" action that won't hurt any more people than if you did nothing. This is why I have a hard time viewing him as "evil" - he's more like just plain old selfish.
 
2012-09-27 05:07:09 AM

WhyteRaven74: Any lawyers he may have must have nearly broken their wrists facepalming when they saw those comments.


You don't get him, then. The kind of lawyers he has love it when their client says something stupid, because that means even more billable hours, and the client can definitely afford it.

There comes a point when you are so wealthy and powerful that your lawyers are no longer there to offer advice on what is and isn't legal, they are there to figure out how to make what you are going to do anyways legal.
 
2012-09-27 05:52:48 AM

ox45tallboy: Party Boy: They're saying you have a primary reason, and are lazy with their source in a weak attempt to support it. I wouldn't take that, Sheldy.

[www.washingtonpost.com image 606x445]
"Yeah, I took Arianna's head in my lap like this, and I gave her a f*cking primacy to the back of the throat. She was all like, 'Mmm mmm Shldnm nn cnt brrrrth mmm mmmm'. And then I showed her my definition of 'yellow journalism'."


ff fftt tt hahahahaa
 
2012-09-27 06:49:53 AM

ox45tallboy: Baryogenesis: Yeah, just like when smallpox and polio were eliminated. Did you ever stop to think that a country which isn't being ravaged by disease might be more productive? Oh and if those diseases are eliminated then subsequent waves of funding can go to reducing the birthrate or improving local agriculture. And it's not as if other people aren't working on the population and food issues in Africa.

Hey, I believe Gates is doing the right thing. I'd like to think that I would do the same if I had his kind of wealth. But it will cause suffering and death. It's a reality. However, those deaths will be down the road a generation or two, so Gates is essentially saying that the lives he can save right now are more valuable than those later. Adelson's version of the future will cause suffering and death as well, but he believes the lives of the Jews are more valuable than the lives of the goyim he wants to fight the wars on behalf of Israel.

I'm well aware that if you take the analogy too far, there is no moral reason to do anything, since someone will inevitably suffer. But if you accept the fact that someone is going to suffer even if you do nothing, then you can pretty much consider whatever you want to do as a "just" action that won't hurt any more people than if you did nothing. This is why I have a hard time viewing him as "evil" - he's more like just plain old selfish.


Also as we have been noticing with Romney (or Bush II) - lots of rich people (especially those that have inherited large amounts) have a massively inflated sense of their own abilities, intelligence and knowledge, because they have always been surrounded by yes men, so they are even more certain of their own rightness than most people (which is already pretty inflated).
 
2012-09-27 07:13:14 AM

xria: Also as we have been noticing with Romney (or Bush II) - lots of rich people (especially those that have inherited large amounts) have a massively inflated sense of their own abilities, intelligence and knowledge, because they have always been surrounded by yes men, so they are even more certain of their own rightness than most people (which is already pretty inflated).


I grew up with people like that. Somebody gives them a check they never earned and they think they've been anointed by God. If it wasn't for those yes men enabling them, some of those wealthy pricks might've turned out to be halfway decent human beings.

On the other hand, people like J.K. Rowling give so much to charity that they knock themselves off of the Forbes' billionaire list...

"You have a moral responsibility when you've been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently," she said.

But then you get people like good old Mr. Adelson whose motto seems to be, "Fark you, I've got mine and I want MORE!"
 
2012-09-27 08:12:04 AM
I for one am shocked, SHOCKED that influence peddling is going on in Washington. And Vegas. And China.
 
2012-09-27 08:19:57 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does the phrase "throwing good money after bad" mean anything to you?


It should to Adelson. People doing exactly that was a large part of how his empire was built.
 
2012-09-27 08:31:46 AM

Testiclaw: japanese bagel head


Ihateyousogoddammuch. Why did I look? Why?
 
2012-09-27 09:27:25 AM
the casino owner does not expect a President Romney simply to close the case

Of course not. He's just buying himself a pardon before conviction
 
2012-09-27 09:32:46 AM
Best Democracy Money Can Buy
 
2012-09-27 09:44:19 AM

The Slush: the casino owner does not expect a President Romney simply to close the case

Of course not. He's just buying himself a pardon before conviction


Or he's hoping for Romney to retroactively start a war with Iran so prosecuting Adelson is way down on the list of priorities.
 
2012-09-27 09:48:38 AM

Mrtraveler01: BitwiseShift: Sheldon's also trying to outFox Out Murdoch Israel, too.

FTFA:

Critics also charge the government of making political appointments to Israel's public broadcasting system, sidelining prominent critics on state radio and passing anti-libel legislation meant to stifle investigative reporters.

Comments by Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, a Netanyahu confidant from his hawkish Likud Party, captured on tape at a recent party function highlight the animosity.

"We are dealing here ... with a media that is not only against the Likud - it is true, it mostly prefers the left and is not entirely objective - but beyond that it is a media that has lost respect for one small, simple word - the truth," he told a group of Likud activists.

The Likud remind me of the GOP more and more each day. And remind me why I think they're a bunch of neocon assholes.

/waits for people to call me anti-Semitic after making that comment


What the hell is wrong with the Labor party in Israel that Likud is still in power?
 
2012-09-27 09:50:47 AM

ox45tallboy: coeyagi: What if I were to tell you that... it was HuffPo.... reporting on.... The NEW. YORK. F*CKING. TIMES?

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"Good, good... let them all talk about what each other is saying about me... I grow stronger with every article published!"


Got DANG you're good, 'boy.
 
2012-09-27 10:06:52 AM

Bucky Katt: If President Romney orders the FBI to leave Adelson alone after getting millions from Adelson isn't that a felony?

Does the president even have the authority to order the FBI who to investigate?


It won't work that way.

If Romney was elected (which thank Xenu appears to be nothing to worry about); he will have "senior advisors" who think exactly like him who will talk to "senior staffers" at the FBI and the investigation just "won't happen" or will be "reprioritized."

Remember the huge antitrust action against Microsoft? It seemed to fizzle out just about the time GW Bush took office.

But far be it from me to suggest any chicanery, duplicity or other hanky panky.
 
2012-09-27 10:12:09 AM

Citrate1007: Best Democracy Money Can Buy


Eh, if elected maybe. But tell Ross Perot that you can simply "buy" a Presidency.
 
2012-09-27 10:33:15 AM
FTA: In other words, Adelson is spending millions of dollars to curry political favor in the United States, hoping to fend off charges that he spent millions of dollars to curry political favor in Asia.

For some unknown reason, I suddenly want Indian food for lunch...
 
2012-09-27 11:14:37 AM
Mr. Adelson, for a gambling man, you have forgotten one of the basic rules....goniff.

i865.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-27 11:54:18 AM
Death will just be required to toss Adelson into a vat of liquid nitrogen, then.

That ought to take care of the slime quite neatly.
 
2012-09-27 12:24:09 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: Mrtraveler01: BitwiseShift: Sheldon's also trying to outFox Out Murdoch Israel, too.

FTFA:

Critics also charge the government of making political appointments to Israel's public broadcasting system, sidelining prominent critics on state radio and passing anti-libel legislation meant to stifle investigative reporters.

Comments by Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, a Netanyahu confidant from his hawkish Likud Party, captured on tape at a recent party function highlight the animosity.

"We are dealing here ... with a media that is not only against the Likud - it is true, it mostly prefers the left and is not entirely objective - but beyond that it is a media that has lost respect for one small, simple word - the truth," he told a group of Likud activists.

The Likud remind me of the GOP more and more each day. And remind me why I think they're a bunch of neocon assholes.

/waits for people to call me anti-Semitic after making that comment

What the hell is wrong with the Labor party in Israel that Likud is still in power?


Long story short, they're inept and fractured. All the opposition parties combined make up a greater number than the number of Likud's but they're really the only unified party in Israel at the moment.
 
Ehh
2012-09-27 12:34:09 PM

BuckTurgidson: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 640x360]

Michael, we're bigger than U.S. Steel.


The Godfather is like the Bible--a quote for every situation.

/Thinks he's going to live forever.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
 
2012-09-27 12:38:30 PM
Targeted for his political activities? Bullshiat, you desicated old fark. You are being targeted for criminal activities. If he is allowed to go unscrutinized, donating to politicians will just become an insurance policy for the very wealthy to commit crimes and then claim political oppression.
 
2012-09-27 01:24:20 PM

Mrtraveler01:
/waits for people to call me anti-Semitic after making that comment


Notice how that hasn't happened, so let's stop with that false alarm bs.


ox45tallboy

You are very funny. Thanks for the laughs.
 
2012-09-27 03:44:09 PM

ox45tallboy: TV's Vinnie: To block the imminent investigation AND to free John Pollard.

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"Pollard knew what he was getting into. Sure, it'd make me a national hero if I got him out, but that'd be the only reason I'd waste any effort on him. He was a soldier. He got caught. So be it."


My Dinner with Sheldon.

Seriously man, I am literally turning red and sweating in an attempt not to bust out in guffaws here in the rabbit warren.
 
2012-09-27 04:28:49 PM
thekitchencabinet.us

cdn.pastemagazine.com
 
2012-09-28 12:07:12 AM
I would have a little more respect for a President Romney if the first thing he did was appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Adelson, acknowledging both that no man is above the law and that even professional prosecutors at the DOJ could suffer the appearance of political influence should they elect not to pursue a case.

At that point, any decision to prosecute or not would be untainted and the president could show his deep and abiding respect for his job as the chief law enforcement officer of the country.

I expect this to happen right after Olivia Wilde publicly confesses her undying love and devotion to me and begs me to leave my wife for her...or at least take her on as my mistress.

But....you know....always possible, right?

//Wife says she's laughing WITH me, not at me.
 
2012-09-28 02:00:41 AM
WARNING - News article has TWO autoplaying videos on it
They both ignore pause.

What the hell is wrong with Huffpo?!?!?!?!
 
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