Steve Miller is a former Las Vegas City Councilman. In 1991, the readers
of the Las Vegas Review Journal voted him the "Most Effective Public
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Is Las Vegas showing them
Qaeda be welcome in Vegas if they gamble like Whales?
Inside Vegas by Steve Miller
January 8, 2007
In 1999, a beauty shop
known as Scissors
Palace opened in a residential shopping center several miles from
the Strip. Its' owner was not a Vegas high roller, just a hard working
beautician with a clever idea.
Soon after the salon opened, Ceasars Palace went to court and was quickly granted an
order to stop the use of their casino's similar name and type
lettering. That action was supposed to put imitators in their place.
At the same
time, a violence-plagued topless bar was openly using the Ceasars Palace trademarked logos and fonts in their
advertisements. To this day, Ceasars has not taken action against this
You'd think a company
with the reputation of Ceasars Palace should do everything to keep
their good name from being associated with a strip joint that's long
been known for extorting,
and even killing
Crazy Horse Too still uses the Ceasars logos and fonts, and Ceasars
management looks the other way. Why?
Could it be because
the bar's owner Rick
Rizzolo is a degenerate gambler with a million dollar line of
credit in their casino -- a "Whale" in Vegas lingo?
how "Cleopatra's Lounge" can copy the name of Ceasars Palace's famous
Cleopatra's Barge, and how
"Circus Maximus," the name of Ceasars main showroom can be the name of
a topless bar's public area.
Nobody wants to offend a goose that lays golden eggs, and Rizzolo is
just such a goose!
Las Vegas is the perfect example of a
company town. Two clear standards exist; one for ordinary citizens; the
other for high rollers who travel here from all parts of the globe. Our
laws must be obeyed by average folks, but are readily broken by high
rollers and some casino owners with no consequences. A few Whales
even believe they have a form of diplomatic immunity after their
Gulfstream jets arrive at McCarran's executive terminal from overseas.
Unfortunately, they're probably right.
My sources who fly Whales around town in private helicopters, or drive
them in limos have some amazing stories to tell of drugs, booze, and
broads, but they know they'll lose their jobs if they say too much.
The results of this dual standard created a story in the March 1998 George Magazine entitled; The ten most
corrupt cities in America. It describes the plight of an elderly
Greek immigrant who had her property illegally taken by eminent domain
for a casino parking garage that's partly
owned by a former Las Vegas Mayor. In the story, I'm quoted
stating, "This is a government for the casinos, of the casinos, and by
the casinos -- and the citizens be dammed."
"His Royal Highness"
Shaikh Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, the Crown Prince of the
Kingdom of Bahrain, visited Las Vegas in 1997. Known as a Whale, he
gambled millions of dollars at his favorite haunt, the Luxor.
While there, witnesses report that he and his entourage visited the
hotel's high roller restaurant; the Isis Room.
The Isis at the time was reserved for guests of the casino and did not
show prices on the menu because all guests were comped. The plush
eatery had only 40 seats in the main room and featured a darkly lit
cocktail lounge with a piano bar where casino guests waited to be
seated. The Isis also had a strong policy that required appropriate
attire and forbid the smoking of cigars.
On one infamous night while a party of eight waited in the bar for an
over-staying group to vacate their table, the newly hired restaurant manager made sure
the waiting patrons were supplied with all the complimentary Crystal Champaign they could drink in
exchange for their patience.
Just as the table was ready, a cigar smoking group of young men wearing
T-shirts, shorts and tennis shoes entered the dining room and sat at
the table reserved for the party waiting in the bar.
The manager immediately told the men that the table was reserved, and
that they were improperly dressed and must extinguish their
cigars. Two of the men jumped to their feet and sandwiched the manager.
He said they ordered him to address the man seated at the head of the
table as "Your Royal Highness!" The manager said he felt physically
The manager who is Catholic, bravely responded by saying the only
person he would address with such reverence is the Pope, and told the
men to leave or he'd call security.
Within seconds, a dozen casino bosses entered the room and escorted the
manager to his office where
they ordered him to apologize to the person they
described as the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain (the place
where Michael Jackson took refuge). The manager refused to apologize,
and was promptly fired.
This is an example of the privilege given Whales in Sin City --
from the Middle East whose fortunes were made though
petro-price gouging. (My next car is a hybrid.)
Since then, I've paid particular attention to stories and legends about
Whales -- a group that seems to be able to live in a realm unknown to
the common man. Persons to which our laws and standards often do not
Rick Rizzolo the owner of the Crazy Horse Too is a Whale. He's famous
for losing millions of dollars each year in Strip casinos including
Ceasars Palace. You see, Whales are known for how much they lose, not
how much they win.
This might make you believe Whales are a bunch of idiots, and some
insiders on the Strip think you're right. But make no mistake, Whales
live in a world all their own, and few outsiders are privy to their
actions or movements.
If they want girls -- they get them. If they want drugs -- no problem.
Whatever it takes to keep them high and blowing their money is offered
whether legal or not.
Enter Rizzolo. He's expected to be sentenced
on January 16 for racketeering and tax evasion. But those are just a
few of his sins. He's also known as the man to call when a Whale wants
a prostitute, or dope.
Not only does he blow millions of his own cash each year, he's also
known up and down the Strip as a facilitator
for commodities much more valuable to casino hosts who will spare
no expense to keep their Whales losing at the tables.
So is Rizzolo expected to spend much time in Federal Prison, and if he
does, who'll take his place as the Strip's biggest pimp and drug
pusher? His presence will surely be missed if he's sent away.
Last week's INSIDE VEGAS was published in the Canada
Free Press, a publication out of Toronto with over a million
readers who seek out organized crime stories, especially ones dealing
with Sin City.
In conversations with my new Canadian readers and editors, I learned of
their fascination with Al Qaeda and the oil rich group's fetish
with trying to take over our two country's governments. I also learned
of many Canadian's dismay over their government's liberal views on
immigration, and the easy access it inadvertently gives terrorists
wishing to cross our borders to harm the United States.
Many of my new readers are concerned that Canada's liberal allowance of
persons from Middle Eastern origins to use their country as a gateway
into the U.S. is a terrible mistake, and I learned that two Sun Belt
cities may be these terrorist's targets.
One is Phoenix, Arizona. The other is Las Vegas.
I have long been aware of the presence of dozens of La Cosa Nostra
family members who during the past several decades relocated to Arizona
cities including Lake Havasu, Tucson, and Phoenix. Persons including Sammy
"The Bull" Gravano have found sanctuary there.
In the meantime, local city and county governments in both states have
become prime targets for corruption, and possibly the models for our
enemies outside the U.S. who want to gain control of our way of life.
On this subject, CNN commentator Glen Beck last week cited the
existence of a highly classified FBI/CIA report titled, "Arizona: Long Range Nexus
for Islamic Extremists."
For several years in the late 1980's, I owned a Grand Canyon air tour
company. On my trips to Arizona I was fascinated by the east coast
accents of many cab drivers in the town of Lake Havasu. They often
bragged of being friends with some LCN members who encouraged them to
move west, and how many such men now inhabit Arizona.
Knowing this, and also knowing many similar types who have migrated to
Las Vegas, I cannot help but surmise that their corruptive techniques
came with them -- techniques
that are now being studied by much more
sinister groups from outside our country's borders.
If a town or state welcomes hoodlums with open arms as has Nevada and
Arizona, what's to stop the same Welcome Mat being placed for Al Qaeda
or other oil-rich extremists who want to do us harm? All they have to
do is clone American organized crime methods.
Las Vegas is one of the most corrupted local governments in the nation.
don't know that much about Arizona, but I do know about Vegas. We're
the poster child for American corruption. We wrote the manual on how to
corrupt local politicians and infiltrate city and county government,
and Rick Rizzolo is the dean of our college of vice.
Rizzolo taught us what it takes to buy our local politicians, like the
$5,000 per month he paid
ex-cop and ex-City Councilman Mike
McDonald to help the Crazy Horse operate under the radar. And the
millions Rizzolo and his crew paid (continues paying) Mayor Oscar
Goodman's law firm -- money that's now being paid back through favors
including allowing the Crazy Horse to remain
open. In July 2006, I filed an ethics
complaint that stopped the Mayor from voting to help his former and
present clients associated with the Crazy Horse Too. But he's still
been able to influence the Council through a subordinate in the City
Department of Business Activity.
Former LV Mayor Jan Jones was seen embracing Rizzolo and his mob
friends after he bought a beach house near hers in Newport Beach,
California. When in office, she was also known for doing Rizzolo favors.
After she left City Hall, Rizzolo bought his way into her Newport social
circle. In 1999, Jones became Vice President of the company that
owned Ceasars Palace. Maybe that's why Trademark Infringement laws were not
enforced against the Crazy Horse. Coincidentally,
Rizzolo now lives in a multi-million dollar Vegas condo
owned by Jones'
ex-husband, also a Newport Beach resident.
These small examples are the microcosm of what's become of our local
society and can be used as the road map Islamic extremists follow to gain
strongholds in American cities. But particularly in Vegas, its easy to
learn that Whales can do no wrong and are welcomed no matter their sins
or beliefs. What a perfect example for taking over!
Become a Whale in a gambling town and be protected by the town's main
industry and its sycophants.
First it was Jewish gangsters like Meyer
Lansky, Ben Siegal and
Dalitz who bought Vegas legitimacy. (In 1984,
as President of
Opportunity Village Association for Retarded Citizens, I presented
Dalitz with the "Man of the Year" award at a ceremony held at the
Later came Italian mobsters like Tony Spilotro, Joey
Cusumano, Rick Rizzolo (once called a "Pillar
of the community"), and Vinny
Faraci. To keep the pace going, we even elect again and again a
former (current?) mob attorney as our town's Mayor. He dutifully lets
guys like Rizzolo ply their trade with impunity and receive only a slap
on the wrist after Federal authorities intervened to do what we should
have done long ago.
What an example we've set for the next wave of gangsters -- domestic
terrorists who may have nuclear weapons! The Jewish and Italian
gangsters of lore, through their past and present examples of how to
control local governments, are showing domestic terrorists the way. And
like the Nevada Test Site, Southwest towns may become their proving
So what's to keep the oil-rich from taking over Las Vegas and our
neighbor Arizona? Not much! Our Mayor, District
Attorney, and a new Nevada
Supreme Court Justice were easily bought off by Rizzolo who has a
lot less money than oil czars.
It seems everything in this town is for sale when Middle Eastern Whales
treat our town as if they have sovereign immunity, and American Whales
can get away with murder
if they keep millions stashed in casino safety deposit boxes.
Vegas has become the perfect How To Guide to teach corruption of local
government, and it's certain our nation's enemies are paying attention.
Is Sin City showing them the way in exchange for some very high stakes?
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