I've taken a lot of flak over the years, but trust me, there will come a time when everyone, even my detractors, will come to realize that everything I have said about Las Vegas is completely true.
Look, since you are already here reading this post ... indulge me for a moment if you will ...
I would like for you to print out this map below of the USA, grab a pen, and then come back to this article.
Go ahead, I'll wait.
Now look at the map. I want you to use your abstract imagination a little bit. Picture Maine being the head of the country, Florida being the legs, and the eastern seaboard making up the rest of the torso.
It gets a little bit trickier from here, but remember, use your imagination.
Now, picture everything west of the Mississippi River being the elephantised posterior of the country. You've no doubt seen those women on Jerry Springer with normal sized bodies and improbable, humongous rear ends. Well, that's what we're going for here.
Now, I want you to concentrate specifically on the states of California, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. See them?
At this point, I want you to zoom in a little more and draw a circle that encompasses Southern California, Southern Utah, Southern Nevada, and Northern Arizona. It can even be elliptical if you would prefer so long as you get the above areas inside of the circle.
Are you with me?
Now, in the very center of that circle, just beside where the State of Arizona indents into the State of Nevada, I want you to put a little dot. Right there ... a small dot right in the center of the circle.
Did you find it?
I knew that you would.
Now, look again at the little dot that you just made.
Do you know what that is?
Well, I'll tell you.
That exact, precise point on the map is the asshole of the USA.
While the larger circle is the smelly, dingleberry-laden brown eye of the country ... that dot you made is the exact point where this nation's shit ends up. It's where the least competent, the least intelligent, the most violent, and the most greedy come together to bake and simmer in a dirt encapsulated cesspool. It's the only place in America where the owner of a major newspaper would entertain the notion of shaking down and extorting its readers, and in many cases ... its sources ... as a primary business model. It is stupid personified. It is greed personified. It is ignorance personified. It is worse than Canada.
As the Righthaven-Journal continues their extortion campaign against people who actively drive traffic to their site, I believe that more and more of the public will begin waking up to this fact.
As for Sherm Sherm the Super Sperm, disgrace to the human race ... what can you say about the guy? This is the man that turned over his own readers to the Feds while hiding behind the First Ammendment. This is the guy that compares cut-and-pasting text to stealing a Corvette. The guy is nuttier than a rat in a tin shithouse. He's an evil guy with a low IQ and he's not afraid to use it. He's the perfect publisher for a Las Vegas newspaper, the city for people who can't make it anywhere else.
Over the past 6 months, I think I've done a pretty good job of boycotting the R-J. Unless it was to ridicule them, I've steered clear of linking to them at all. Since almost all newspapers cover the same stories, it's been incredibly easy to do so. Even easier than I expected.
For every article the R-J prints, there are usually 3-4 other news sites that do the same. When it comes to facts, pretty much everyone obtains the same ones. If the RJ doesn't want positive blogger attention, then I really don't see any reason to give it to them.
For the sake of their own employees, however, some of them good people ... I can only hope that the Righthaven-Journal loses every suit. If the R-J wins a single lawsuit at trial, I think it will be the end of the paper. Their eyes will light up and they will see too many dollar signs to be able to hold back. They will wield that judgement like a bat and they will shake down every webpage that has ever excerpted or linked to even two lines of their text. If it isn't already, news will become secondary to the extortion racket, and more people will have no choice but to ignore the paper simply in self-defense.
While I would like to see the people of Las Vegas actively boycott the newspaper's advertisers, I am acutely aware that this will never happen. The average Las Vegan has no clue as to what is going on. They aren't familiar with concepts such as fair use or abuse of process. They thought $400,000 McMansions in the desert were a can't-lose proposition. Explaining the merits of a boycott to these people would be like teaching algebra to chimpanzees. It can't be done.
Everyone else, however, those of you in slightly less dim parts of the country, I would like you to give it some thought. Don't feed Sherman Stix more and more money. Let him know that what he is doing is wrong. Let the advertisers know that it's wrong.
Visit places like http://www.8NewsNow.com and http://www.LasVegasSun.com for your Vegas news. They carry most of the same stories. Go to http://www.lasvegasweekly.com and http://weeklyseven.com/ for the entertainment-oriented stiff. It's not like you're going to miss anything by reading/watching these guys instead of the R-J and from what I've seen, they've always been fairly tolerant and even outright supportive of the blogging community. Book your hotel or airfare through one of those sites.
Believe it or not, where you do/don't read can make a difference, and it requires such little effort on your part ... why not do it?
If you read the R-J, and especially if you click ads on the R-J ... then you're one of them. Part of the problem. Part of the greed. Part of the insanity. Part of the destruction of what used to be an okay town.
Don't be one of them.
In any event, as of right now the count is Common Sense: 1, The Righthaven-Journal: 0.
For my own sake, and for the sake of Fair Use proponents everywhere, I certainly hope that Common Sense not only continues to prevail, but that it's a shutout.
Read: A Rude Awakening