Monthly Archives: April 2009

Are you in danger? WHERE FELONS ARE ~ Know if your neighborhood or hotel is safe


You deserve to know where felons are and should have access

to free public criminal background check systems.

Safety starts with good information, even if it

ends with a loaded .44 caliber pistol. While

can’t help you get a gun, the link below can certainly help you

figure out

which direction to point it in.

Patented Felon Search technology mines data from across the nation, from the web and otherwise, and combines it into a single, easy to use interface.  Whether you’re checking up on your own neighbors or trying to find out if that hotel you’ve been eyeing is in a safe place, free of convicted felons, FelonSpy can help.

Simply type in the desired address, click enter and let your new knowledge be your peace of mind.




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How Las Vegas Signs Were Created ~ Famous Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

To watch video – Link


Legendary Las Vegas neon sign designer Betty Willis, known for her world-famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, talks about how she created her illustrious masterpiece and the significance of each of the sign’s various symbols.  (By Trent Ogle, Las Vegas Sun)

To read more about Willis and her “Welcome” sign, read John Katsilometes’ blog at the Las Vegas Weekly.

Some of the video topics include……..

— Willis’ favorite sign was the one atop the old Mint Hotel. “I remember flying back from Reno once, I’d fallen asleep and it was such a short flight, I woke up and saw that sign and said, ‘Wow! Reno has a Mint sign just like ours!’”

— The starburst at the top of the sign is a nod to Disneyland and Disney films, to promote happiness.

— She designed the Moulin Rouge sign with bold, swooping strokes to draw attention to the brazen ambition of the hotel, which catered to an African-American clientele when the Vegas casino scene was segregated. “I wanted to make it as impressive and as happy and as good as I could,” she said.

— The shape of the Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas sign was inspired by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company logo.

— Willis’ fellow designers tried to persuade her to write, “Keep Nevada Green,” on the sign’s back (which would be read by tourists, many of them who lost money at the casinos, as they left town). Willis argued for a more friendly send-off. “I didn’t think (Keep Nevada Green) was very nice,” she said. “Repeat business is always better.”

— The seven silver dollars that spell “Welcome” were chosen because they wanted the sign to look “lucky.”

— There are now three Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas-designed signs in the city: the original, the sign on Las Vegas Boulevard North that reads, “Welcome to Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas,” and a third on Boulder Highway (or, the Boulder Strip) that marks the understood gateway from the Boulder Highway to Las Vegas. That sign stands just south of Sam’s Town and north of Tropicana Avenue and is several feet taller than the original.

— Willis has never trademarked the sign. “It’s my gift to the city,” she said. “People from all over the world ask about it.”


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Downtown Vegas reliving groovy 1969 this summer

The Fremont Street Experience is paying tribute to 1969 all summer with free rock concerts, plenty of tie-dye T-shirts and peace symbols to trigger memories of a year many people say resonates with them to this day.

The bands expected were heavy hitters in the day _ Blood, Sweat and Tears, Three Dog Night, the 5th Dimension, Rare Earth, the Grass Roots and Canned Heat.

Organizers have hired John Van Hamersveld _ an artist recognizable for his movie artwork for “The Endless Summer” in 1966 and for the cover of the Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” album in 1967 _ to paint two buses, one to be used as a stage.

Special video shows planned for a giant screen hanging over the street include a rolling-credits style memorial for the 58,000 Americans killed or missing in action from the Vietnam War.

The comprehensive promotion gives tourists an excuse to celebrate hippy sensibilities, the first astronauts walking on the moon and Woodstock.

But the 10 casinos located in the venerable section of Las Vegas are hoping the 108 days of throwback entertainment result in more visitors to help revive the city’s top industry.

“It’s coming at a time when it plays well,” said Jeff Victor, president of the Fremont Street Experience, the management company in charge of promoting the destination.

Victor said he and others felt Fremont Street didn’t do enough events during the summer.

Fremont Street Experience is spending about $1.7 million on the campaign between the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, $500,000 more than it normally would during the season. Officials want to increase the share of Sin City visitors that go downtown, less than 3 miles north of the end of the Las Vegas Strip.

Victor said each casino is also making plans to tie to the 1969 theme.

“This economy and Las Vegas in particular requires retail opportunities for visitation, and that’s exactly what this promotion provides,” Victor said. “With people in their 50s and 60s, there is an emotional connection (to 1969).”

Forty years later, Las Vegas finds itself scrambling to reach visitors who are coming less often, spending less money on food and entertainment and not gambling as much.

Visitor volume was down 10 percent for all of Las Vegas for the first two months of this year compared with 2008, according to the latest figures available from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Casinos downtown earned $83.9 million in gambling revenue in January and February, down 17 percent from the first two months of 2008, the tourism agency said. Other casinos in the rest of the county experienced similar declines.

But a recent profile study by the tourism authority showed that 46 percent of Las Vegas visitors in 2008 spent some time downtown during their trip. That was down significantly from 57 percent in 2006, but up from 40 percent in 2007.

The 10 casinos on the Fremont Street Experience have a combined 6,600 hotel rooms _ 4.7 percent of all the hotel rooms in the city.

Victor said the 1969 campaign could be first of several seasonal themes for Fremont Street _ if downtown can pull it off.

“We’ll be checking to see a promotion of this duration is repeatable,” Victor said.

Sun, Apr 26, 2009 (1:21 p.m.)

Beyond the Sun


Fremont Street Experience

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27 Amazing Facts about our Changing World – A VERY interesting compilation of info!


27 Amazing Facts About How Our Changing World is Fueling the

Growth of Social Media Sites


Click the link below for a very entertaining and eye-opening video.  Very interesting and amazing facts. 

A very well put-together collection of information.

Click here..

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$80,000 BLACKJACK and POKER Tournament ~ Las Vegas ~ Golden Nugget Hotel Casino

Get ready for a weekend filled with Blackjack and Poker at the famous Golden Nugget Las Vegas.   You could win your share of over $80,000 in cash, including a $20,000 Grand Prize in each tournament.

They will also have $250 Re-Buys for each tournament plus Wildcard Drawings into several rounds of Blackjack, including a seat at the Final Table.

A bonus of $5,000 in FREE Slot Play or Promo Chips will be given to anyone who makes it to the Finals Table of both tournaments and a total of $10,000 in FREE Slot Play or Promo Chips to anyone who wins both tournaments!

Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino at Las Vegas, Nevada

Tournament session times will be pre-assigned for both tournaments, so call The Golden Nugget for best availability!

Tournament runs from May 1st – May 3rd.

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KINKY FRIEDMAN RANCH ROUND-UP ~ Echo Hill Ranch ~ Medina Texas


  • Kinky’s first Ranch Roundup, held on his private ranch last October, was labeled a huge success by all who were lucky enough to attend. Since then everyone has begged him to do it “one more time”. Well, the wait is over….Kinky has agreed to host another ranch roundup on June 13th, and this time his old friends Jerry Jeff Walker and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot will be performing too!  Just like last time, there will be only one late afternoon performance at Kinky Friedman’s private home, Echo Hill Ranch– the much storied ranch featured in his mystery novels. 

The event will feature:

  •  Dinner with Kinky – Echo Hill Ranch dinner served (included in ticket price)
  •  Guided tours of Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch  
  • Self-guided nature walks at Echo Hill Ranch                 
  • Music by Jerry Jeff Walker, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Kinky Friedman with Little Jewford 

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THE MIRAGE – Terry Fator Theater

 MAY 8-9, 2009

A double dose of comedy comes your way as two television superstars take to the stage in Vegas on May 8, 2009. From the set of the hit television show Everybody Love Raymond, star Ray Romano and big brother Brad Garrett team up for a night of side-splitting comedy. Catch these superstar actors as they go back to their roots and perform in their natural element of stand-up comedy.

Brad Garrett is a two-time Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian who is best  known as Robert Barone in the hit TV sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Brad has headlined at many Las Vegas casinos and opened for stars such as The Temptations, Frank Sinatra, David Copperfield, Smokey Robinson, Sammy Davis Jr., The Beach Boys and Julio Iglesias. He has also starred in many movies; to name a few: Casper, Spy Hard, A Bug’s Life, Stuart Little 2, Finding Nemo and Ratatouille. In 1989, the Las Vegas Review Journal named him the Best Comedian working on the strip.

Ray Romano grew up in the Forest Hills section of the borough of Queens in New York City and turned to comedy in his mid-twenties after appearing at an open-mic night in a New York comedy club in 1984. The same year, he gave up outside work and won a standup comedy competition sponsored by a local radio station. He went on to appear in comedy clubs around the country, eventually getting television exposure on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and its successor with Jay Leno, then on Late Night with David Letterman. Letterman offered him a development deal with his production company, Worldwide Pants, which led to the 1996 launch of the situation comedy Everybody Loves Raymond on CBS. The show got good ratings and attracted favorable critical comment. Romano earned Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1999, 2000, and 2001. He won awards from the Television Critics Association (Outstanding Individual Achievement in Comedy, 1999), the American Comedy Awards (Funniest Male Lead in a TV Series, 2000), and TV Guide (Actor of the Year in a Comedy Series, 2001). He is also the author of the best-selling book Everything and a Kite.

For more info



Show Review

Ray Romano makes a wise career move

Staff Report

Ray Romano had plans to become an accountant before stepping onstage during an open-mike night at a New York comedy club in 1984. That same year, he won a stand-up comedy contest and started down a different career path.

Romano made regular appearances at comedy clubs and on talk shows, including “The Tonight Show” with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno and the “Late Show with David Letterman.” The Letterman gig led to a deal with the production company Worldwide Pants Incorporated, leading to the sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which began in 1996.

His hit TV show earned Romano nominations and awards, including a 2002 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy and the 2002 and 2003 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male TV Performer, and he shared the 2003 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Besides having an award-winning TV series, Romano also tackled other projects. He headlined a comedy festival at Carnegie Hall, won and donated $125,000 on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and wrote the best-selling book “Everything and a Kite.” He also released the CD “Ray Romano: Live at Carnegie Hall,” whose proceeds went to the September 11th Fund.

Romano lent his voice to the 2002 animated film “Ice Age,” where he played Manny the woolly mammoth. He also appeared in “Eulogy” (2004) and “Welcome to Mooseport” (2004). In 2006 he revised his role of Manny in “Ice Age: The Meltdown.”

Everybody loves BradBy Deana Waddell

Brad Garrett is free at last, or so he says. The former co-star of “Everybody Loves Raymond” has ended his nine-year run on the Emmy award-winning sitcom and gone back to doing what he does best: stand-up.

The towering comedian takes the stage by storm in a no-holds-barred comedy routine that leaves audiences laughing long after he has left the stage. It’s no wonder the funnyman was named the first $100,000 grand champion winner on “Star Search” in 1984 at the youthful age of 23.

Fans of the hit show may be caught by surprise at Garrett’s quick wit. Best known as the dull, deep-voiced Robert Barone, Garrett is nothing like his alter ego — his voice is not so deep, and his animated demeanor is anything but dull.

The comedian, who has worked with such stars as Frank Sinatra, Smokey Robinson and Sammy Davis Jr., performs what would be the musical equivalent of an unplugged show, where his routine is uncensored and hilarious. The two-time Emmy-award winner isn’t afraid to stray from his routine when somebody from the audience walks in late, leaves to go to the bathroom or just looks ripe for the picking. And his humor isn’t for the fainthearted — anyone and anything is open for mocking.

Check your politically-correct thoughts at the door and open up your mind, as Garrett has an anything-goes attitude and doesn’t hold back. Celebrities such as Michael Jackson and Paris Hilton are fair game, as are his wife and children. And don’t be surprised if he picks on you, too.

The comedian, whose voice can be heard in such films as “Casper,” “Toonsylvania” and “Finding Nemo,” shines brightest when he is put on the spot, answering any number of questions from the audience. The night I saw the comedian, a college student asked Garrett to “bust a move” like he sometimes did on “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Garrett first teased the student, poking fun of him and the number of drinks he might’ve had, and then invited him and a friend up on stage for photos. Making every minute memorable, Garrett channeled Robert Barone and goofily danced while posing for a photo shoot all to the music of “Disco Inferno.”

Other highlights include Garrett, who likens himself to a cross between Greg Brady and Herman Munster and proves it by impersonating Munster, doing a laugh-inducing imitation of former co-star, Ray Romano.

Paying homage to his moments on the show, Garrett ends the night with amusing outtakes from “Everybody Loves Raymond.” While Garrett may complain that Romano is “one rich bastard,” it’s Garrett’s humor and spontaneity that are priceless.

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