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The fun begins, appropriately enough, at the offices of the American Gas Association, where White House reporters are feted by the lobbyists of the Quinn Gillespie firm. More lobbyist-sponsored entertainment comes from the Motion Picture Association. Along the way, journalists wind up serving as pimps: We recruit Hollywood stars to entertain the politicians, and we recruit powerful political figures to entertain the stars. Corporate bosses bring in advertisers to gawk at the display, and journalists lucky enough to score invitations fancy themselves celebrities. Cee Lo Green sings for us. Seth Meyers tells us jokes. Lindsay Lohan’s ex, Samantha Ronson, is our DJ. All the cool kids — Sean Penn, Kate Hudson, Steven Tyler, Paula Abdul, Courteney Cox, David Byrne and Bristol Palin — want to party with us. A Johnnie Walker “cigar tent” furnishes us with scotch and hand-rolled stogies. We are handed Fiji water, or Grey Goose vodka, to slake our thirst and Shea Terra Organics Vanilla Body Butters to soothe our pores.
Ahhh there is ‘everybody’!
(that’s why it’s soo quite here!)
Leaving Las Vegas (also known as the “US” -aka: ‘Homeland’) doesn’t mean it will ‘leave you’.
From our future President:
“Potential presidential candidate Donald Trump made colorful and eyebrow-raising remarks while speaking at the Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas on Thursday night. He reportedly called the United States “not a great country” and cursed multiple times during his speech. The AP reports: In one of his many curse-bombs, Trump lamented the nation’s focus on building schools in war-torn Afghanistan, while neglecting education in the United States. He said he would not help struggling nations such as South Korea or Libya without payment and promised to use swear words while negotiating with China. “I’m not interested in protecting none of them unless they pay,” he said…
“Our leaders are stupid, they are stupid people,” suggested Trump in taking issue with President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy issues related to Libya, Iraq, China and Afghanistan. “It’s just very, very sad.” Later in his remarks, the billionaire and real estate mogul reportedly said, “There is a really good chance that I won’t win because of one of these blood-sucking politicians.”
According to the Associated Press, the “lavish” event had an open bar and drew more than 1000 people. It was hosted by two Republican women’s groups. As for whether Trump is any closer to making a decision on whether or not he plans to run for president in 2012, the possible contender declined to confirm one way or the other on Thursday night. However, when one woman at the event shouted “run for president,” the billionaire reportedly responded, “I think I am going to make you very happy on that.”
RUMP for RESIDENT!! (and can y’all believe it I wasn’t invited to this ‘event’!)
I would have touched his hair …
This is my last diary about the ‘world’ of Arianna Huffington, because I’m sick and tired of this ‘character’. I first thought the experience would be enlightening and before I had tried often to impersonate some a…holes - but this role -(The Greek-American-Republican-Democrat-Hairdo) really WORE me out. Trying to think and feel like somebody who makes money in pretending to be a ‘social’ human being – somebody who writes books about ‘Third World America’ and who loves to exploit others.
So I can’t do it anymore and I want to leave the last word of Arianna Huffingtons world to a man who TRULY is fighting for Y”ALL – and who started the lawsuit against a ‘poisonous character’ I want to get out of my head!
READ HIS WORDS:
“I’ve been asked by a number of people to respond to Arianna Huffington’s post about our lawsuit for justice for bloggers, which was filed on April 12th.
Let me deal with Ms. Huffington’s unhinged and disingenuous response quickly. It reeked mostly of fear. People who exploit others do so out of fear. Fear that they will lose control. Fear that they will lose wealth and power. Fear that anyone would challenge their worldview.
Ms. Huffington’s fear is that bloggers will unite, thus ending her ability to exploit them. She fears that her “brand” will drown in a pool of hypocrisy—a “liberal/progressive” exposed as a fraud, as an exploiter of people no different than the Waltons of Wal-Mart, Goldman Sachs or Rupert Murdoch. At least, the Waltons or Murdochs or other similar corporate leaders are honest—they make no bones about their political views or their willingness to exploit people for profit and fuel an unrelenting class warfare.
There is little doubt that unjust enrichment has taken place. In society, our law tries to reflect our moral values, and vice versa. The thousands of bloggers created the value of the Huffington Post. Arianna Huffington created a tiny piece of that value—but she has declared that she, and only she, should benefit from the value of the sale to AOL.
I have no idea whether we will win the legal case. Judges do what they will do. It is a novel argument—as was the legal argument at the heart of the case I brought against The New York Times in 1993, which we won in the U.S. Supreme Court in 2001 (and, full disclosure, yes, Scalia, Thomas and Rehnquist also voted in our favor in the 7-2 decision—a fact I will have to live with). At the time, many pundits or “observers” opined that we had no chance. So, I suggest we all take the opinions of various people with a healthy dose of skepticism, or, at least, a “wait and see” attitude.
But, this is the reason I have said to the blogger community—to the dozens of people who have already written and called asking to be part of the effort (including insiders who are sharing more information to strengthen our case)—that the machinations in court are a small piece of what we must do. This is really not about Ms. Huffington; she will be a forgotten “brand” when the next new fad appears.
This is about YOU, the bloggers and creators everywhere.
Do not wait for the court case to play out.
This is an opportunity to change the future. The rhetoric that YOU should work for free, create value for media CEOs and enrich them, and only them, and, then, be satisfied that you just got published, read or seen has very little to do with the digital age.
It’s as old as the quill pen. For decades, creators have been told that they should just be happy that someone—whether it be Rupert Murdoch or Arianna Huffington—gave them a place to be published or heard. And the Murdochs and the Huffingtons are one and the same—they use fear to impoverish YOU.
We do have the power to change our economic conditions. And, as important, a vibrant creators’ movement—a movement that makes it possible for creators to make a fair wage–will benefit society at large because we are the ones that give texture, understanding and illumination to the whole tapestry of life.
Y’all probably noticed. I took a break from “my world” yesterday, because I’m not always in the mood to mutate into a sixty year old Ex-Greek-American-Republican-Democrat–Slaveowner and sometimes I get this impression that y’all (anywhoo) – are not too crazy about ‘my world’. But today I can promise you guys are going to love it – BECAUSE – can you believe it: One of my slaves had the nerve to come up with this lawsuit. Which is kind of ‘cool’ because I love to put down slaves – specifically if they claim that “the Huffington Post’s bloggers essentially have been turned into modern-day slaves on Arianna Huffington’s plantation.” Not only is this line of attack painfully original, mirroring as it does Tim Rutten’s comparison of HuffPost to a slave ship, it’s also, as was Rutten’s metaphor, deeply funny. As Mattington Welchpost, editor-in-chief of Reasonpost, put it: There is a key difference between “slavery” and “voluntarily slavery”. For example, in slavery, it was not uncommon to be deprived of your freedom, separated from your family, whipped by an overseer, and raped by your boss. In “voluntarily slavery” I don’t have to do that AT ALL anymore. AND furthermore I can use all these cool lawyer words on my slaves like: “without merit” and then mix it with cute jokes like : “I am hesitant to take any time away from aggregating adorable kitten videos to respond”. But the suit touches on so many important issues about the current state of the media, the kittens will have to wait.
(and wasn’t that funny? You know slaveowners nowadays have to be REALLY fuuunny!) – or as Hufftechdirt’ Mike Maspost, who sliced and diced claim by claim, writes: ARIANNA -(ME) can be compared to “the modern day village villains” –(like the Facebook dude) – who “want to pocket millions of dollars that they did not earn, that they have no legal claim on, taking away from the hard work of their slaves” and get celebrated for it!!
A… holery is soo uebercool!
And the famous “Bottom line: the vast majority of the slaves are thrilled to contribute — and we’re thrilled to have them. (and to make lots and lots of dough with them) – Indeed, we are inundated with requests from who want to use our platform. Helpful idiots are looking to join the party, not go home early. And the key point that the lawsuit completely ignores (or perhaps fails to understand) is how new media, new technologies, and the linked economy have changed the game, Millions of people shift their focus from passive observation to active participation. Writing blogs, sending tweets, updating Facebook pages, editing photos, uploading videos, and making ‘Free content’ – I (ME) can milk to the UTMOST degree – and I even found some other idiot who paid ME 300 Mill for it!
And I’ll give the last word to PosttechHuffdirt’s Mashuff: “This all could have been avoided had Jonathan Tasini ‘and all the other slaves not been such ‘voluntarily slaves’…
Well ONE has to ‘own’ them – Why not ME?
Okay?! back to those adorable kittens…
NOW when I hired this crazy Brit to report for ME -(without paying him) – I thought he would write stuff like that: “When I first wrote about my trip, I explained that, for me, Las Vegas represents all that is good and bad about the American dream. It is beyond appropriate, then, that Donald Trump should own at least small chunk of the town’s real-estate. After all, until recently, Trump was the ultimate representative of a wonderful — if slightly brash — aspect of American life: unashamed, balls-out capitalism. Trump’s wealth, his preposterous power-dressing, his TV show — “YOU’RE FIRED!” — if you loved America, you had to love Donald Trump.
But now he suddenly writes stuff like that:
“Today though, Trump has “matured” into a very different, far more ugly kind of American cliche: the birther. If the election of Barack Obama reminded foreigners like me why we fell in love with America in the first place, then the reinvention of Trump-as-pseudo-birther reminds us of another amazing thing about the land of the free: if you have enough money, you can spout whatever crap you like — and people will put you on television. Hell, if you spout it loudly and convincingly enough, people might actually vote for you”.
Are you insane Paul? The Donald and I have the same hairdresser(s) – and if they read this ‘stuff’ they are going to mess up my hair completely – and WE really don’t like what you wrote about one of Ronalds masterpieces:
“Just a block off the strip — so, thankfully, outside my zone of obligation — lies the glittering monstrosity that is the Trump Hotel Las Vegas; a 64-story, 24-carat-gold-plated monument to American capitalism, emblazoned with its founder’s name in obscenely high letters. At dinner last night, a Vegas local explained to me that when the main tower was being completed, Trump personally decreed that the letters be erected left to right, lest the tower be temporary labeled “RUMP”.
NOW that is REALLY besides the point!
-and ME! – and my hairdressers always stay at the Rumps – and the Donald has a heart of gold – charging only around sixty bucks for his 5star luxury rooms in Vegas! He f… rather drives himself into another f… bankruptcy than letting YOU pay f… more!
- instead of helping the Donald to ANOTHER bankruptcy –(don’t forget he loses about 200 bucks every night on every guest who stays in this hotel!) -
Do you know I seriously thinking about firing YOU — Paul!! (without any pay!)
You probably read MY very long and extensive weekend update and that always exhausts me – so I wasn’t able to think about ‘my world’ yesterday – But can you believe it – idiots are still asking who ‘won’ -(the gaming commission or the Mafia?)
And this obsession about ‘winning’ is really not healthy? ME as a greek – I always think outside the gambling administration you have to losen up a bit with this ‘winning’ stuff –(Charlie!) Just think – How I DIDN’T have to ‘win’ the 300 Mill from AOL at all. The morons just gave the money to ME completely voluntarely. (Like Time Warner once gave itself to AOL) – and Idiocy never dies – which brings me to our poor friend Paul…
Dear Paul – I thought as a Brit you were pretty smart – but how did you get youself into such a ‘pickle’? You not only work for ME for ‘nuthing’ – you also have to stay in these terrible, terrible hotels and adding insult to injury the worst was called ‘Imperial Palace’!
This isn’t a world where you get ‘what it says’ and let me tell you something -(and YOU of ALL people should know this!) ‘Life is far too short to spent it in seedy, sleazy hotelrooms – especially in Las Vegas, where they already ‘socialized’ luxury and you pay just 50 bucks for a four diamant ‘establishment’ like the Golden Nugget.
And besides… Writing about cheap and depressing hotelrooms is so… soo… ‘cheap and depressing’. My audience want to read optimistic and uplifting stuff – (RIGHT GUYS?!) Like how the ‘land of eternal sin’ is getting OUT of eternal sin and the depression without selling it’s soul completely to the devil – and let me help you with another hint about the ‘town’ you’re in.
It has one of the most fascinating economical systems on this planet? Nowhere in the Western world are basic needs – like food and shelter -as heavily subsidized as in Vegas. There are hords of senior citizens who will be able to tell you – how you could reduce your monthly food bill to almost nothing and if you are willing to move a bit outside of the city – lets say to Primm or Mesquite – you get a room for 10 bucks a day and your monthly rent thus will be like an average monthly heating bill in Detroit. The only thing a bit annoying is – they run the same type of austerity-programm for some better stuff too. So it can happen to you – if you sit at Daniels and eat your lobster salad – some ‘proletarians’ from Athens bragg on the next table about the cheapest stay they ever had.
That’s why I don’t like Vegas anymore! I much rather fly to Zuerich or Paris and pay a thousand bucks per night to be together with ‘my kind’ –even if I have to deal with the Russian money-proletariat from time to time – But that’s another story for another part of :‘My’ world
I hope it doesn’t get boring – and everybody could have predicted this non-shut-down of Las Vegas.
How can you shut-down ‘gambling’ while the Mafia is in control?
And somebody called the whole deal a ‘bluff’ this morning – and Paul my man in Sin City. Why don’t you start writing a little bit more about ‘bluffing’ and ‘gambling’? Isn’t that the essence of ‘Vegas’ and at the same time you could transform the problem into something more ‘sublime’ and present it in a broader context. Like… like… each time you write about ‘Vegas’ – you actually write about America – and her problem with ’gambling’ and the ‘service’ industry’ like some dude fed and bailed out by Chinas ‘money-tits’? (I added that to make it sound more ‘authentic) And you could put all these funny hints between the lines nobody would understand – OR you could turn your whole Las Vegas experience into one of this deep and mysterious riddles, where strippers stand for characters in Tarantino comedies and our duty IS to decipher all her -or his higher meaning.
And you see – I feel real methaphysical tonight —
Always – after I have dinner with my banker at the Kronenhalle – and I hardly can tell you how great it feels to dine with a boring Swiss in an outrageaus expensive and at the same time awesome ‘modest’ place! Because – you know ‘modesty’ and ‘austerity’ is ‘the’ thing right now (especially if it is very expensive) – and I’m a bit ticked off, that you had the nerve to check into some ‘Imperial Palace’! Couldn’t you have picked some ‘Venetian’ dump instead?
My American writing slaves –(who I never pay) – will suspect that I spent it all on some fancy ‘Brit’! And we never will get out of this slump if we don’t start ‘saving’ (whatever!)
Sometimes it is really tough to be ME. Because I’m so cute, rich and influental I know things nobody else knows (yet) -and to make a long story short: They are not going to shutdown Las Vegas. The gambling has to go on and when the head of the gaming commission told y’all he does not have “wild optimism” he just tried to bluff the Mafia Bosses and can you believe the nerve of these old chauvenistic f… trying to pull the plug on Planned Parenthood?
Now on this one y’all can count on me and I already canceled my flight to Las Vegas and I’m not going to see Paul and I have to confess today the references to ‘his drinking days back in London’ were getting on my nerves and all this other stuff on ‘strip clubs’ and so on and I understand that he said all of what he said without ‘a hint of swagger’ and it made me kind of think: Aren’t I some kind of ‘classical’ gal -(Greek and all) – So why the f… would I go to Las Vegas? -(and even be interested in it?)
I better have a Schnitzel tomorrow night at the Kronenhalle with my banker… and I don’t know Paul…? Just a few comments on your Stripper ‘etiquette’ -(what a difficult word) – and thousand of thousands on the shutdown game – Dude – ‘Stripping’ -(and all this ‘sin’ stuff) might be ‘mega out’. Couldn’t you visit some kind of Greek orthodox church tomorrow?
(and if you don’t find one what’s about Hookers for Jesus?)
Las Vegas is shutting down and I got to witness it!
My man Paul in ‘Vegas’ -(that’s how the pros call it) – just informed me that ‘Differences remain despite the progress, avoiding a Vegas shutdown this weekend’. The gaming commission met again with the Mafia but the boss of the bosses just stated: “We did have a productive conversation. We do have some honest differences, but I do think we made some progress. But I want to reiterate: There is no agreement on a number and there’s no agreement on the gaming. But there’s an attempt on both sides to continue to gamble together to try to resolve this”–
and then Paul told me that he was “all geared up, to write the third in a series of anti-Strip diatribes, bemoaning how tacky and overpriced the whole sorry street is — and how all the people who visit it are drunk and bloated and loud”… and then this Ruth-chick cut in and mumbled how she “fell asleep in the lobby next to a large Mexican family, queued for an hour to check in, and expecting this place to suck penis, and actually — thinking it’s kind of cool. The “rooms are cheap, clean, bright and comfortable: not the kind of rooms you want to snort cocaine offa someone’s tits — but hey, that’s fine –
And that sounds like sooo much fun – sooo ‘hot’ -(or is it ‘cool’ again) – that I booked my flight right away for saturday to join them.
Hey Ruth-chick! -
I’m ‘coming’ – from Zuerich -(I sometimes visit my money there) – via Atlanta -(I got a great hairdresser there and aren’t you amazed how awesome my hair looks lateley?) – to the final countdown of sin! – And life is sooooo exciting and I want to sit on the top of the ‘Encore’ and watch how the lights go out – aaaaall the way down to the Mandaley Bay – and then I have my Lobster salad at Daniels -(he promised me he is killing one of these ‘red’ devils just for me!)
And to BE continued! (You BETCHA!)
As a proud capitalistic American girl I always loved Las Vegas but since it has turned into a socialistic and communistic nightmare the love is dissipating fast. I don’t know if you read that in the last two years the casinos on the strip lost billions of bucks. They now have to be heavily subsidized and socialists like Steve Wynn and communists like Sheldon Adelson are bailing out these bankrupt enterprises in no time instead of letting them collapse. On top of it these ruthless destroyers of capitalism have spearheaded a proletarian revolution, which created the classless and stateless society promised by Karl Marx.
The upside of capitalism always have been that there is a difference between rich and poor – and you GOT to see it!! But now every Tom Dick and Harry shows up at the XS nightclub and you even don’t have to have bottle service anymore. And the uniformity is sickening, like Russia under Stalin or Germany under Hitler, or like shopping in one of these 99 cents stores. Herds of hairdresser from the valley show up and nothing against hairdresser they at least do a useful Job.
But to get Back to Steve Wynn. It all started with him, when he offered rooms in his hotels for around 150 bucks. I mean he put over 1 Million in some of these rooms and to give them away for a price, which hardly covers the cost of the carpets or the drapes was not only a f… shame but also a shocking redistribution of wealth.
When Karl Marx wrote his ‘Kommunistisches Manifest’ and he categorically demanded that the means of production have to be in the hand of the people he never thought that the ‘means of production’ one day could mean ‘red ink galore’. Like in communistic East Germany before the collapse, when there hardly was any company left who still made money – AS in Las Vegas 2011.
And now f… guess: ‘Who is paying for all this deficit and debt’?
It’s the communistic comrades of these American traitors. Wynn and Adelson are just marionettes of a international conspiracy to enslave American cocktail waitresses, concierges and valet attendants and it’s such a sophisticated and evil plot, that not even Glenn Beck has gotten a ‘whiff’ of it yet. So – in implanting their evil plan Wynn and Adelson have opened casinos in Macau to subsidize bankrupt America. Charlie Sheen might say: ‘that’s winning’ and Rebecca Black probably would make a song about it – if it wouldn’t be so disgusting unpatriotic. Only Steve Wynn has showed some kind of remorse, when he was thinking about moving his headquarter all the way to China and become a honest Chinese citizen.
So all in all it’s a f… disgrace when Steve Wynn went to Bellagio (the real one in Italy) and his communist friends told him ‘communism is when everybody drives a Ferrari’ – and the Idiot believed it!
There is a dude on the Huffpo who does this: “Oh yes! Thirty three nights in Las Vegas, staying a single night in each of the hotels that line the city’s famous Strip. Has man ever conceived a more perfect way to spend five weeks”?
Now that was irony – But this isn’t:
It’s perhaps fitting that, while various American editors were interested in a one-off piece about the trip, it took the Greek-born founder of what is now the content arm of America Online to see the full potential of the adventure. “You have to write a daily diary!” cried Arianna Huffington when she heard about the trip. “And take this Flip Cam! Get video!”
Arianna – DALING – at least we know where you put your money! (or wait – you don’t pay your writers – so the dude has to do it for nuthing?)
AND – I have decided to write a daily diary about this dudes diary – under ”The world of Arianna Huffington”!
there is the usual ‘Free speech’ discussion going on on the ‘good Glenns’ blog -
Now I really would be interested to read how that would play around here?
and if there ever was an evil intertubes idea – It was this one: To take advantage of a group of trusting progressives and lefties – Pretend to be a ‘lefty’ yourself and use their ‘naivity’ and their ‘humanity’ to the utmost huffpost degree!
If this doesn’t call for ‘action’ what does?
And Hey! – Huffposters out there – Why the f… don’t you leave her and pick any other site you want??!