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Near And Recording In Las Vegas

28 March 2010 @ 20:34

My three previous postings on Stacy McCain: Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas can be found by clicking here and here and here.

-Stacy was at the TEA Party Express Rally in Searchlight Nevada and got to cover the events, notably Sarah Palin’s speech.  The posting contains some great pics, this one being my favorite:

The Gadsden Challenger:
Making sure America doesn’t reach it’s vanishing point

A highlight from Stace’s report:

Palin is mobbed by media after her speech. Notice the boom mike overhead. The only interview she granted was to Griff Jenkins of Fox News. Earlier, I had seen the CNN correspondent at the rally, and tried to talk to him — my usual glad-handing style, “Hey there! How ya doin’?” — but he seemed very sour and hostile. Was it me, or was he just bummed about being stuck on the Tea Party beat?

‘There was evidence in this room, of excessive consumption of almost every type of drug known to civilized man since 1544 A.D. It could only be explained as a montage.’

-Manning the ramparts at Fort Other McCain, Smitty deals very well with the issue of crowd size.

-Smitty also reports that one tragedy has already happened as a result of the coup known as Obamacare:

…Due to economic hardship, employment difficulties, and a disturbing paragraph on page 2,437 of a recent piece of legislation,

  • Eric Odom
  • Steve Foley
  • Ali Akbar and
  • Stacy McCain

have been forced to form The Barbershop Speedo Quartet, and are now performing, as it were, at the Mandalay Bay. If you can’t do it for the children, do it for your supper, as they say….

Oh, the humanity!

-Today, Stacy filed a report on his adventures at the Ann Coulter speech.  A teaser:

…Unfortunately, security at the Vegas event was so tight that I didn’t get to say “Hello” to her, although I did get to wave at her personal bodyguard, Floyd — shortly before two Las Vegas police officers pulled me aside and frisked me for weapons.

To explain: There was a “no media” policy at the Vegas event — absolutely no reporters allowed inside, and no audio or video recording permitted. Event organizers had not been told to make an exception for Miss Coulter’s personal friends (I scored an e-mail interview with her last week), and so I was forced to resort to pure gonzo methods. Hiding my press credentials in my pocket and tucking my notebook under my arm inside my coat, I stood in line for general admission and prayed I didn’t get searched at the gate.

‘It was dangerous lunacy, but it was also the kind of thing a real connoisseur of edge-work could make an argument for. Where, for instance, was the last place the Las Vegas police would look for a drug-addled fraud-fugitive who just ripped off a downtown hotel?’

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