Adelson would install Netanyahu in the White House if he had his druthers — Avnery

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Sheldon Adelson wearing Romney button in Hebrew, at King David Hotel Jerusalem, 2012

Sheldon Adelson with bodyguard, and wearing Romney button in Hebrew, at King David Hotel Jerusalem, 2012

Once again we count on Israeli journalists to shine a light on American politics.

First, here’s a headline and subhead from Ha’aretz: “Jewish money corrupted the Jewish state: Diaspora Jewish philanthropists, showering money on Israeli politicians, helped ripen the field for corruption; Olmert’s conviction is just a case in point.”

A portion of Anshel Pfeffer’s report: 

“early on in his career he [Olmert] came into close contact with too much Jewish money. I apologize to our more faint-hearted readers who may find that combination troublingly reminiscent, but the sad fact that Jewish money has corrupted a generation of leaders of the Jewish state is inescapable.”

Uri Avnery’s latest column is also about Diaspora Jewish money, in the person of Sheldon Adelson, corrupting both the U.S. and Israeli political process.

Flanked by Israeli bodyguards, Adelson grilled the American hopefuls. And what was he demanding from the future president of the United States? First of all and above everything else, blind and unconditional obedience to the government of another state:

Israel.

Wait, I didn’t know that about the bodyguards. Alex Kane and Annie Robbins filled me in. Politico:

He showed up 20 minutes late to a Friday morning RJC board meeting, zipping up to the entrance on his scooter flanked by two Hebrew-speaking bodyguards.

And three black bodyguard applicants sued in 2011 saying that the team is all Israeli:

[Adelson’s] “Executive Protection Team,” which for the past 14 years “has been comprised exclusively of former Israeli citizens who are white males.”

Back to Avnery:

Everything Adelson does is done openly, proudly, shamelessly. I wonder how ordinary Americans react to this spectacle of one billionaire – especially a Jewish one – choosing their next president for them.

We are told that anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe and across the globe. In the crazy mental world of the anti-Semites, Jews control the cosmos. And here we have a Jew, straight out of the pages of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, trying to appoint the ruler of the mightiest country on the planet.

Adelson has failed in the past.

Eric Alterman also used the Protocols of the Elders of Zion analogy for Adelson, back in 2012. This is very funny, from Avnery:

But I have no doubt that his right-wing Zionist passions come first. If he succeeds in installing his favorite in the White House, the US will become totally subservient to the extreme right-wing in Israel. He might as well put Netanyahu in the Oval Office.

Now reflect that NPR just did a long story about Adelson’s financial influence, without mentioning the word Israel once.

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  1. a blah chick
    April 6, 2014, 11:04 am

    [Adelson’s] “Executive Protection Team,” which for the past 14 years “has been comprised exclusively of former Israeli citizens who are white males.”

    Now why doesn’t that surprise me?

    To those disappointed black applicants I would ask: why would you want to spend your days guarding some old fart who has nothing but contempt for you. Trust me, you dodged a bullet there!

    • just
      April 6, 2014, 11:15 am

      I wonder why they are all “former Israeli citizens”. I guess they possess dual citizenship then– or did they give up their Israeli citizenship???

    • Krauss
      April 6, 2014, 12:19 pm

      I understand that logic, blah chick, and to a large extent share it.
      At the same time, considering the economic wipeout in black communities, which reached epidemic heights in 2011(when the lawsuit was filed), can we blame them if their kids were going hungry to school at the time? Jobs were extremely scarce.

      The best scenario would be if their litigation succeeded and they got jobs with people who actually respected who they were. Does anyone know how the lawsuit came out?

    • quercus
      April 7, 2014, 7:35 am

      I don’t think the man beside Adelson is a body guard. Look at the manner in which Adelson grabs his shoulder, he seems to be insisting on telling him something. Look at the expression of the man whose shoulder he is holding onto, it’s the appearance of one who is sorely tired of hearing what this person is saying.

      The man in the front is a body guard, he clearly has a earpiece in his right ear, but who is the man next to Adelson?

  2. Annie Robbins
    April 6, 2014, 11:14 am

    hey, credit where credit is due, those were alex’s supporting links. ;)

    my comment was the bodyguards were probably hand picked/part of the vetting team, (along w/dermer http://mondoweiss.net/2014/03/democrats-israeli-addressing.html )

    i assume they likely double as israeli government agents. when the candidates get formally vetted by netanyahu they fly to israel. this is just the first step.

    • a blah chick
      April 6, 2014, 11:25 am

      I hadn’t considered that that the bodyguards might be government agents but that makes sense. They can keep an eye on all the people that Old Fart meets and report back if any show insufficient fervor for the “Cause.”

    • just
      April 6, 2014, 11:26 am

      makes sense. scary, isn’t it? Thanks for exposing this.

      (I apologize if I did not give credit! It’s a fine article.)

      • Annie Robbins
        April 6, 2014, 2:06 pm

        i didn’t mean you just, i meant phil re ‘filling me in’. that was alex.

        my commentary wasn’t included in the article.

    • Philip Munger
      April 6, 2014, 1:48 pm

      i assume they likely double as israeli government agents. when the candidates get formally vetted by netanyahu they fly to israel. this is just the first step.

      — paging Max and Rania ….

  3. seanmcbride
    April 6, 2014, 11:31 am

    Uri Avnery wrote:

    We are told that anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe and across the globe. In the crazy mental world of the anti-Semites, Jews control the cosmos. And here we have a Jew, straight out of the pages of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, trying to appoint the ruler of the mightiest country on the planet.

    Scenario: Zionism has the potential to trigger the biggest explosion of antisemitism in world history, worldwide, all at once.

    Leading Zionists themselves have been complaining that they see signs of this frightening historical trend all around them.

    Where does one begin to untangle this psychological mess?

    Eric Alterman wrote:

    If a Jew-hater somewhere, inspired perhaps by The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, sought to invent an individual who symbolizes almost all the anti-Semitic clichés that have dogged the Jewish people throughout history, he could hardly come up with a character more perfect than Sheldon Adelson.

    J.J. Goldberg wrote:

    Amid mounting alarm that anti-Semitism is on the rise in key spots around the globe — and fears that Israel could be a prime target — a prominent Republican group has come up with a unique approach to fighting back: gather a bunch of Jewish zillionaires at a casino in Las Vegas, announce plans to buy the White House in 2016 and invite leading politicians to come, hat in hand, and beg for permission to be the candidate.

    • Shingo
      April 7, 2014, 7:31 am

      It’s a little trite how Adelson is panned as for corrupting politics etc when Haim Saban, who is the Adelson of the Democrats, and who admits his only issue is Israel, gets a free pass.

  4. Kathleen
    April 6, 2014, 11:38 am

    Adelson’s effort to “appoint the ruler of the mightiest country on the planet” is not just about protecting the apartheid state of Israel’s illegal actions but to keep unions down and his money making empire unscathed by collective bargaining etc.

    Adelson is a walking talking manifestation of all that is wrong in the U.S., Israel and the world. Greed and power out of control.

    • James Canning
      April 6, 2014, 1:29 pm

      Kathleen, did you read Tom Friedman’s column in the New York Times today? He accuses Iran (and Khamenei) of effectively working with Adelson to prevent Israel from ending the occupation of the WB.

      • Kathleen
        April 7, 2014, 6:33 am

        Friedmann’s (big pusher of the Iraq invasion) switch and bait strategies turn my stomach. I can barely read anything he writes or listen to anything he says. But I will because you recommended. Would be just like Friedman to try to add on to false reasons to hate Iran. Yeah right now let’s blame Iran for Israel’s horrific actions in the West Bank.

      • James Canning
        April 7, 2014, 2:04 pm

        Thanks, Kathleen. Friedman also seems to be trying to reinforce the argument that Hamas is blocking a deal between Israel and the Palestinians (an argument that I think is false).

      • Kathleen
        April 7, 2014, 7:34 am

        Friedman totally reveals his agenda in his first paragraph.
        Friedman cultivates the false and hateful idea that Iran wants to destroy Israel
        “IT occurred to me the other day that the zealously pro-Israel billionaire Sheldon Adelson and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, actually have one big thing in common. They are both trying to destroy Israel. Adelson is doing it by loving Israel to death and Khamenei by hating Israel to death.”

        Friedman tries to blame Iran for Israel’s illegal actions.
        ” Tehran hopes to keep Israel permanently mired in the West Bank and occupying 2.7 million Palestinians, denying them any statehood and preventing the emergence of a Palestinian state that might recognize Israel and live in peace alongside it. The more Israel is stuck there, the more Palestinians and the world will demand a “one-state solution,” with Palestinians given the right to vote. The more Israel resists that, the more isolated it becomes.”
        .
        Friedman blames the negotiation breakdowns on Palestinians once again. He has done this many times in the past.
        Friedman: “I don’t know if Israel has a Palestinian partner for a secure withdrawal from the West Bank, or ever will.”

        Never ever forget how hard Friedman pushed for the invasion of Iraq. Never forget that he and his cronies new target is Iran.
        Friedman’s head line should read “Blame Blame Blame Blame Blame Iran”…for everything Israel has done. He blames Iran, Sheldon, Palestinians..for Israel’s illegal actions.

      • Shingo
        April 7, 2014, 7:40 am

        Friedman cultivates the false and hateful idea that Iran wants to destroy Israel

        Friedman is only contributing to his own irrelevance. The negotiations with Iran and the P5+1 are going extremely well and both sides are cooperating fully.

        Then again, Friedman’s relevance should have gone the way of the Friedman unit.

      • James Canning
        April 7, 2014, 7:05 pm

        Apparently Obama still rates Friedman #1 as foreign policy pundit he is inclined to read.

      • James Canning
        April 7, 2014, 1:57 pm

        @Kathleen – – I too of course deplore Friedman’s seemingly obvious attempt to reinforce the anti-Iran propaganda line, that Iran wants to “destroy” Israel.

  5. seanmcbride
    April 6, 2014, 12:27 pm

    Thomas Friedman on Sheldon Adelson yesterday:

    [article; Thomas Friedman; Sheldon: Iran’s Best Friend; The New York Times; April 5, 2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/opinion/sunday/friedman-sheldon-irans-best-friend.html ]

    For once, a nearly solid wall of commenters are in agreement with a New York Times article on Mideast politics and Israel.

    Friedman:

    Iran could not be happier. The more Israel sinks into the West Bank, the more it is delegitimized and isolated, the more the world focuses on Israel’s colonialism rather than Iran’s nuclear enrichment, the more people call for a single democratic state in all of historic Palestine. And now Iran has an ally: Sheldon Adelson — the foolhardy Las Vegas casino magnate and crude right-wing, pro-Israel extremist.”

    and:

    Adelson personifies everything that is poisoning our democracy and Israel’s today — swaggering oligarchs, using huge sums of money to try to bend each system to their will.

    Sometimes Friedman hits the nail on the head.

    • James Canning
      April 6, 2014, 1:48 pm

      But Tom Friedman perhaps should not say Israel “won” the West Bank in 1967. Did France “win” significant territories in Germany, in 1944-45?

      • puppies
        April 6, 2014, 2:18 pm

        @Canning – You got it bassackwards as usual. The Zionists were invading just as the Nazi did in France in 40, then pretended to pull out, leaving their puppet administration. No difference. Their journalists called it “win” just like Friedman did.

      • James Canning
        April 6, 2014, 7:42 pm

        @Puppies – – France occupied parts of Germany at end of Second World War. Friedman would not say France “won” those territories, simply because France occupied them. So, why say Israel “won” the West Bank? It has not “won” it, at this time at least.

    • Giles
      April 6, 2014, 5:21 pm

      Baloney. Iran is not a problem to the USA at all and the nuclear enrichment Friedman alludes to is not for weapons as he would have the reader believe. The underlying worldview of his statement is that Iran is a problem, not Israel, and that single Palestinian state (with equal rights for all) would be a bad thing. Friedman is all about Jews and Israel.

      • NickJOCW
        April 7, 2014, 11:28 am

        Apropos Iran,

        Obama has so far been resisting all sorts of pressure and temptation to take advantage of the fluid situation in the Levant to help rollback, or at least contain Iranian influence in the Middle East. He furthermore avoided doing anything that might upset rapprochement with Iran. While he was reluctant to arm the Syrian opposition fighting to topple the regime of Assad, he was quick to arm the pro-Iran al-Maliki government with state-of-the-art military technology, including the Apache attack helicopters.

        http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/04/can-saudis-adapt-obama-policies-20144394610462809.html

      • James Canning
        April 7, 2014, 1:31 pm

        True, Obama has been trying to help the Iraqi central government despite obviously being aware that government is friendly toward Iran.

      • NickJOCW
        April 8, 2014, 6:20 am

        And the Treasury Department just issued licenses for Boeing and GE to sell stuff to Iran. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2014/04/224477.htm

      • James Canning
        April 8, 2014, 6:47 pm

        The US should make sure Iran receives all the benefits from the interim deal it made with the P5+1. A final deal would open a huge market to Boeing.

    • just
      April 6, 2014, 5:35 pm

      I never bother to read Friedman anymore……..he’s F.O.S. He sounds reasonable to some, but he writes to incite, and create controversy.

      Still inciting against Iran in what he and his readers think clever. He might get a few or many more teevee events.

      Thanks for the information, though.

      • Donald
        April 6, 2014, 7:19 pm

        “Still inciting against Iran in what he and his readers think clever.”

        Yeah, that’s our Tommy. Which is why I hated his column today even when he said some things that were sensible. But he couldn’t bring himself to condemn Netanyahu without also claiming that there might not be a Palestinian “partner for peace” and then he fell back into Iran-baiting. Netanyahu isn’t bad in Tommy’s eyes because he’s a racist bigot with no regard for Palestinian rights–no, he’s bad because he is acting exactly the way Friedman imagines an evil Iranian ayatollah would want him to act. Netanyahu is bad because his actions could destroy the possibility of a Jewish state. Not because it hurts Palestinians.

        It’s an extremely childish and chauvinistic way to view the world. And this in a newspaper which claims to be liberal, cosmopolitan, and sophisticated.

      • seanmcbride
        April 6, 2014, 9:09 pm

        One wonders who dislikes Thomas Friedman more — you or Israel National News and its commenters:

        In his latest column, the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman depicts billionaire Sheldon Adelson in much the same way that anti-Semites have depicted Jews for centuries – a “swaggering oligarch” using huge sums of money to control the US, or more specifically – the Republican party.

        Don’t pay too much attention to Thomas Friedman’s anti-Conservative and Anti-Likud diatribes. Friedman is a conceited, pseudo-intellectual, loopy and looney Leftist who, like Esav haRasha, has exchanged his Jewish Birthright for a “mess of pottage”. He is “Poster Boy” for the NYT shmatta “newspaper” that prides intself as being as anti-Semitic as Nazi Julius Streicher’s y”s Der Shturmer, and as anti-Israel as Hussein Obama and the current American Democratic Party. Hag Kosher V’Sameach, Thomas.

        http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/179324#.U0H5Jld1e4o

        Liberal Zionists seems to be stuck between a rock and a hard place.

      • James Canning
        April 8, 2014, 1:45 pm

        Fine post.

    • libra
      April 6, 2014, 6:46 pm

      Sean McBride: Sometimes Friedman hits the nail on the head.

      So according to Friedman, anyone who supports a democratic, single state is an ally of both Adelson and the Ayatollah. Rather than Friedman hitting the nail on the head, McBride misses the point – ‘liberal Zionists’ like Friedman are getting desperate as it finally dawns on them that Israel’s greed has sunk “the Jewish State”.

      • seanmcbride
        April 8, 2014, 7:37 am

        Libra,

        With all others in the world there is a set of issues with which one agrees and a set of issues with which one disagrees.

        I’ve often been highly critical of Thomas Friedman (especially because of his support for the Iraq War). I also notice when he takes positions I agree with (like opposing Likud, Sheldon Adelson, Israeli settlements, etc.).

        Effective politics is all about exploiting every small opportunity and opening — not about whaling away on everyone in the world whose views don’t perfectly align with one’s own. Righteous political purists tend to end up as political parties with memberships of precisely one person.

        I strongly disagree with several of Barack Obama’s policies, especially concerning civil liberties, privacy rights, drone strikes, torture, etc. But I am still glad I supported Obama over Mitt Romney in the last election. I prefer Thomas Friedman’s views on Israeli politics over those of, say, Charles Krauthammer. These distinctions matter.

        Be grateful that Friedman over the years has managed to slip a few insightful and truthful statements about Israel and the Israel lobby into the op-ed page of the New York Times — it doesn’t happen very often.

      • James Canning
        April 8, 2014, 1:30 pm

        Yes, compare Tom Friedman to Charles Krauthammer. The latter is one of the most aggressive warmongers writing a column for a major US newspaper.

    • lonely rico
      April 6, 2014, 8:51 pm

      Sometimes Friedman hits the nail on the head.
      Sometimes not.

      Since the ICJ (“Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory”, 2004) referred systematically to Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank as “occupied Palestinian territory,” also the way the U.S. State Department refers to the West Bank, I’m curious to know – Why the quotation marks ? How does Mr. Friedman refer to the West Bank ?
      However called, it was –

      … won by Israel in the 1967 war.

      Perhaps Friedman should read the 4th Geneva Convention, and get back to us on
      whether the verb WON is appropriate.

      By supporting Palestinian militants dedicated to destroying any peace process …

      Palestinian militants may be damned clever, but I’m sure it’s beyond even these
      guys to destroy something which doesn’t exist, has never existed, nothing but a sham to cover the criminal ongoing dispossession.

      If Israel wants to remain a Jewish, democratic state …

      Theocratic or democratic Mr. Friedman, not both.
      Who is Thomas Friedman ?
      They pay this clown to write this nonsense ?
      Amazing.

      • James Canning
        April 8, 2014, 1:44 pm

        Does Tom Friedman think Israel “won” the Sinai, in the 1967 war?

  6. DICKERSON3870
    April 6, 2014, 12:34 pm

    RE: “And three black bodyguard applicants sued in 2011 saying that the team is all Israeli . . . “ ~ WEISS

    SEE: “Bodyguards Claim Racism at Las Vegas Sands”, by Nick Divito, Courthousenews.com, 11/17/2011

    [EXCERPTS] LAS VEGAS (CN) – Three bodyguards who protected the family of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson claim they were not promoted to the task of protecting the casino magnate himself because they are black. . .
    . . . The men say that the Sands’ “discriminatory intent has been manifested by [Sands vice president] Zohar Lahav in the form of racial ‘jokes’ which were regularly shared with white” security agents.
    “By way of example, [Israeli-born ~ J.L.D.] Lahav’s favorite joke was as follows: ‘What do you call a black guy when he leaves the room … Nigger,'” according to the complaint.
    They say Lahav also referred to them as “fried chicken and watermelon eaters.” . . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/11/17/41523.htm

    • DICKERSON3870
      April 6, 2014, 12:44 pm

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “Adelson security team seeks to block demotions”, By Jeff German, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 8/01/11

      [EXCERPTS] A federal lawsuit is providing a glimpse into the inner workings of an elite security team protecting the family of one of the richest men in the world, billionaire Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman Sheldon Adelson.
      Nine current and former members of the Executive Protection Team, which keeps watch over the Adelson family 24 hours a day, are suing Las Vegas Sands Corp. and its lead Strip resort, The Venetian, to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime they claim they are owed. . .
      . . . Four of the nine protection team members suing The Venetian have been fired.
      The June 10 lawsuit alleged that one of those team members, Benjamin Ness, was let go for raising the overtime issue and other accusations of impropriety with the man overseeing the security unit, Zohar Lahav.
      Ness, a former U.S. Secret Service agent assigned to the White House detail, alleged that the Israeli-born Lahav, who is also a defendant in the lawsuit, required team members to “transport firearms in violation of state law” and operate an “unregistered X-ray screening machine without appropriate health, safety and security safeguards.”

      In their court papers, the demoted security officers said Lahav told them not to consult or even contact Brian Nagel, the current Las Vegas Sands Corp. security chief.
      The officers said Lahav also instructed them not to speak with the company’s human resources department without permission or put any communications in writing, particularly emails, while they worked in the protection unit. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/crime-courts/adelson-security-team-seeks-block-demotions

      • DICKERSON3870
        April 6, 2014, 2:16 pm

        MORE ON THE “ISRAELI-BORN” LAHAV:
        “Security officers, driver for LV Sands CEO file lawsuits alleging violations of overtime law”, By Steve Green, VegasInc.com, June 11, 2011

        . . . [Israeli-born] Zohar Lahav, vice president for executive protection for the company, was also named as a defendant.

        The suit says Ness, a former Secret Service officer assigned to the White House who received overtime pay in that job, was well acquainted with the obligation of employers to pay overtime to qualified and eligible employees.

        The suit says that when Ness confronted Lahav about this, Lahav angrily replied to the effect: “I don’t care what the law says! You work for me. I don’t pay overtime.”

        Ness was eventually singled out, discriminated against and ultimately fired for his request for overtime, which the lawsuit alleged was unlawful retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

        He was also fired for raising “concerns about the violation of other laws,” including Lahav’s insistence that Ness and others carry and transport firearms in violation of state law, that they transport a large bag of pharmaceutical drugs in foreign nations and that they operate an unregistered X-ray screening machine without appropriate health, safety and security safeguards, the suit alleges.

        “Although Lahav stated that Ness was being fired for countermanding a policy directive, that was simply a pretext,” the suit charges.

        “Ness was terminated because he raised serious questions regarding the violation of federal and state laws which the defendants in general — and Lahav in particular — viewed with disdain and contempt and he refused to engage in the requested illegal conduct,” the suit charges. . .

        ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.vegasinc.com/business/legal/2011/jun/11/lawsuits-accuse-lv-sands/

    • DICKERSON3870
      April 6, 2014, 1:28 pm

      P.P.S. AND SEE: “Why GOP Mega-Donor Sheldon Adelson Is Mad, Bad and a Danger to the Republic”, By Rick Perlstein, Rolling Stone, 4/10/12

      [EXCERPTS] . . . Adelson’s anti-union mania (I would argue) is the most important thing to know about him. For it reveals just how crazy, and how unscrupulous, the man is.
      Let’s start at the very beginning. Adelson remembers meeting Gingrich in Washington in 1995, when Gingrich was House Speaker and Adelson was lobbying to get the U.S. embassy in Israel moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Other reports have them being introduced in 1996 by a far-right anti-union operative in Nevada who worked for Adelson. Details of the subsequent courtship are murky, although the huge favor Gingrich did for Adelson in 1996 by turning off a federal investigation of the gambling industry probably did a lot to cement their friendship.
      Two years later, Nevada conservatives sponsored a “Paycheck Protection” ballot initiative – the right-wing term for measures weakening unions by banning them from automatically deducting dues from members’ pay. Adelson was gung-ho for it – and “would spend any amount of money,” D. Taylor, secretary-treasurer of Las Vegas’s Culinary Workers Union Local 226, told me . . .
      . . . In 1999, Adelson closed one casino, the Sands, and completed work on a new one, the Venetian, stiffing so many contractors that there were at one time 366 liens against the property. Taylor, of the Culinary Workers, said he and his colleagues presumed that “like every other casino that had done that, workers in the [closed] hotel would be given priority when the [new] hotel was built.” Instead, Adelson refused even to talk. All this, in a union town like Vegas, was unprecedented. “Even when you’re having battles, you continue to have talks. Shit, we’re talking to the North Koreans right now!” he told me. “The Israelis talk to the Arabs. Talking doesn’t necessarily solve anything, but at least you understand the other guy’s position.” Adelson, not much interested in understanding the other guy’s position, proceeded to launch a campaign against the Culinary Workers that Taylor calls “beyond aggressive.”
      Right before the grand opening of the Venetian, in 1999, the Culinary Workers staged a demonstration on the public sidewalk out front. Adelson told the cops to start making arrests; the cops refused. Glen Arnodo, an official atthe union at the time, relates what happened next: “I was standing on the sidewalk and they had two security guards say I was on private property, and if I didn’t move they’d have to put me under ‘citizen’s arrest.’ I ignored them.” The guards once again told the police to arrest Arnodo and again, he says, they refused. The Civil Rights hero Rep. John Lewis, in town to support the rally, said the whole thing reminded him of living in the South during Jim Crow. . .
      . . . Did I mention Adelson is nuts? But don’t take my word for it – it was George W. Bush who called him “some crazy Jewish billionaire.” . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/why-gop-mega-donor-sheldon-adelson-is-mad-bad-and-a-danger-to-the-republic-20120410

    • puppies
      April 6, 2014, 1:36 pm

      Any info on how the lawsuit ended?

      • DICKERSON3870
        April 6, 2014, 1:55 pm

        RE: “Any info on how the lawsuit ended?” ~ puppies

        MY REPLY: [SOUND OF CRICKETS CHIRPING]

        TYPICAL DEEP-POCKET DEFENSE STATEGY: Delay, delay, delay!
        Check back in ten years.

    • DICKERSON3870
      April 6, 2014, 1:45 pm

      P.P.P.S. RE: . . . In 1999, Adelson closed one casino, the Sands, and completed work on a new one, the Venetian… Taylor, of the Culinary Workers, said he and his colleagues presumed that “like every other casino that had done that, workers in the [closed] hotel would be given priority when the [new] hotel was built.” Instead, Adelson refused even to talk.* All this, in a union town like Vegas, was unprecedented. ~ Perlstein (from above)

      * FROM WIKIPEDIA AS OF 1/28/14 [Defence mechanisms]:

      [EXCERPTS] . . . In Freudian psychoanalytic theory, defense mechanisms are psychological strategies brought into play by the unconscious mind[4] to manipulate, deny, or distort reality in order to defend against feelings of anxiety and unacceptable impulses to maintain one’s self schema.[5]
      These processes that manipulate, deny, or distort reality may include the following: repression, or the burying of a painful feeling or thought from one’s awareness even though it may resurface in a symbolic form;[3] identification, incorporating an object or thought into oneself;[6] and rationalization, the justification of one’s behavior and motivations by substituting “good” acceptable reasons for the motivations.[3][7] Generally, repression is considered the basis for other defense mechanisms.[3]
      Healthy persons normally use different defences throughout life. An ego defence mechanism becomes pathological only when its persistent use leads to maladaptive behaviour such that the physical or mental health of the individual is adversely affected. The purpose of ego defence mechanisms is to protect the mind/self/ego from anxiety and/or social sanctions and/or to provide a refuge from a situation with which one cannot currently cope.[8]
      Defence mechanisms are unconscious coping mechanisms that reduce anxiety generated by threats from unacceptable impulses.[9] . . .
      . . . The list of defence mechanisms is huge and there is no theoretical consensus on the number of defence mechanisms. . .

      Vaillant’s categorization of defence mechanisms

      Level 1: Pathological
      The mechanisms on this level, when predominating, almost always are severely pathological. These six defences, in conjunction, permit one to effectively rearrange external experiences to eliminate the need to cope with reality. The pathological users of these mechanisms frequently appear irrational or insane to others. These are the “psychotic” defences, common in overt psychosis. However, they are normally found in dreams and throughout childhood as well.[22] They include:
      • Delusional projection: Delusions about external reality, usually of a persecutory nature [i.e., perceiving legitimate criticism of Israel’s actions as “anti-Semitism” ~ J.L.D.].
      • Conversion: The expression of an intrapsychic conflict as a physical symptom; some examples include blindness, deafness, paralysis, or numbness. This phenomena is sometimes called hysteria.[23]
      • Denial: Refusal to accept external reality because it is too threatening; arguing against an anxiety-provoking stimulus by stating it doesn’t exist; resolution of emotional conflict and reduction of anxiety by refusing to perceive or consciously acknowledge the more unpleasant aspects of external reality.
      • Distortion: A gross reshaping of external reality to meet internal needs [i.e., insisting that Israel’s best interests are identical to the best interests of the U.S. ~ J.L.D.].
      • Splitting: A primitive defence. Negative and positive impulses are split off and unintegrated, frequently projected onto someone else. The defended individual segregates experiences into all-good and all-bad categories, with no room for ambiguity and ambivalence. When “splitting” is combined with “projecting”, the negative qualities that you unconsciously perceive yourself as possessing, you consciously attribute to another.[24]
      • Extreme projection: The blatant denial of a moral or psychological deficiency, which is perceived as a deficiency in another individual or group.
      • Superiority complex: A psychological defence mechanism in which a person’s feelings of superiority counter or conceal his or her feelings of inferiority. The inflated feelings of being superior, above the ordinary, and special, along with arrogance lead to difficulties at work and in relationships.
      • Inferiority complex: A behaviour that is displayed through a lack of self-worth, an increase of doubt and uncertainty, and feeling of not measuring up to society’s standards. Despotic control [HINT #1: a certain casino mogul, HINT #2: “Rosebud” ~ J.L.D.] is a compensation for tremendous feelings of inferiority, unworthiness, self-rejection and often feeling unlovable. . .

      SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defence_mechanisms

      • DICKERSON3870
        April 6, 2014, 4:27 pm

        P.P.P.P.S. FROM WIKIPEDIA AS OF 4/06/14 [Inferiority complex]:

        [EXCERPT] An inferiority complex is a lack of self-worth, a doubt and uncertainty, and feelings of not measuring up to society’s standards. It is often subconscious, and is thought to drive afflicted individuals to overcompensate, resulting either in spectacular achievement or extreme asocial behavior.[1] The term was coined to indicate a lack of covert self-esteem.[2] For many, it is developed through a combination of genetic personality characteristics and personal experiences.

        • Classifications
        Classical Adlerian psychology makes a distinction between primary and secondary inferiority feelings.
        A primary inferiority feeling is said to be rooted in the young child’s original experience of weakness, helplessness [Like other Jewish teens in Dorchester, young Sheldon was occasionally beaten up by Irish kids full of anti-Semitic vinegar. ~ J.L.D.] and dependency. It can then be intensified by comparisons to siblings, romantic partners, and adults.
        A secondary inferiority feeling relates to an adult’s experience of being unable to reach a subconscious, fictional final goal of subjective security and success to compensate for the inferiority feelings. The perceived distance from that goal would lead to a negative/depressed feeling that could then prompt the recall of the original inferiority feeling; this composite of inferiority feelings could be experienced as overwhelming. The goal invented to relieve the original, primary feeling of inferiority which actually causes the secondary feeling of inferiority is the “catch-22” of this dilemma.[clarification needed] This vicious cycle is common in neurotic lifestyles.
        Feeling inferior is often viewed as being inferior to another person, but this is not always the case in the Adlerian view. One often feels incompetent to perform a task, such as a test in school.

        • History
        Stemming from the psychoanalytic branch of psychology, the idea first appeared among many of Sigmund Freud’s works and later in the work of his colleague Carl Jung. Alfred Adler, founder of classical Adlerian psychology held that many neurotic symptoms could be traced to overcompensation for this feeling.[3] The use of the term complex now is generally used to denote the group of emotionally toned ideas. The counterpart of an inferiority complex, a “superiority complex” is a psychological defense mechanism in which a person’s feelings of superiority counter or conceal his or her feelings of inferiority.[4]

        • Causes
        An inferiority complex occurs when the feelings of inferiority are intensified in the individual through discouragement or failure. Those who are at risk for developing a complex include people who: show signs of low self-esteem or self-worth, are of ethnic minority, have low socioeconomic status, or have a history of depression symptoms. Children reared in households who were constantly criticized or did not live up to parents expectations may also develop this. . .

        SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inferiority_complex

      • libra
        April 6, 2014, 6:51 pm

        @Dickerson.

        Wasn’t Howard Hughes a previous owner of The Sands? The place must be cursed.

  7. traintosiberia
    April 6, 2014, 12:41 pm

    Adelson was suspected of capital crime Was it in Macau or was it in US the supposed murder took place? Or was it just plain rumor?

    • Kathleen
      April 7, 2014, 6:39 am

      I think it was Macau.

    • DICKERSON3870
      April 7, 2014, 4:50 pm

      RE: “Adelson was suspected of capital crime Was it in Macau or was it in US the supposed murder took place? Or was it just plain rumor?” ~ traintosiberia

      MY REPLY: To put it mildly, I’m not a great fan of Mr. Adelson’s, but I feel compelled to interject that any alleged connection of Mr. Adelson to a murder was not only most likely just a “plain rumor”, it was apparently a “plain rumor” based upon the wildest and rankest of speculation!
      Thanks for bringing this up so that we can put this grotesquely unfair aspersion of Adelson to rest (barring any concrete evidence of his involvement) and focus on the many legitimate criticisms that can be made of him and his casino empire.

      SEE: “Macau murder spate adds to casino industry worries”, By Farah Master, Reuters, 8/23/12

      (Reuters) – In Macau, three murders in the past two weeks have raised fears that violent crime, for years a rarity in the world’s gambling capital, is growing more common at the same time as the island’s casino operators are struggling with slower growth.

      Police in the gaming and entertainment hotspot, a one hour ferry ride from Hong Kong, said a Chinese woman who also held a Japanese passport was found murdered last Thursday in a residential area minutes away from the cavernous gambling halls of Sheldon Adelson’s Venetian casino.

      That came just days after two Chinese nationals were murdered at the five-star Grand Lapa hotel, and at the end of June a senior figure in Macau’s junket industry was severely beaten.

      By contrast, only five homicide cases were recorded between June 2011 and May 2012, according to Macau police statistics.

      There does not appear to be an obvious link between the June and July incidents, but security experts and Macau residents say the recent outbreak of extreme violence has its roots among Macau’s junket operators – the shadowy companies that help bring China’s wealthiest to the gambling tables.

      “Macau is going through a period of instability,” said Steve Vickers, chief executive officer of Hong Kong-based Steve Vickers & Associates, a corporate intelligence and security consultancy, referring to the recent attacks. “There seems to be a disturbance … amongst the lower end of the junket community,” he said.

      Incidents involving Chinese criminal gangs, also known as triads, have been infrequent in Macau since the late 1990s when Portugal ceded control of what was then a seedy port on the heel of China’s southern coast.

      Triads are typically branches of Chinese criminal organizations based in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, and on the mainland. They are involved in crimes including extortion, money laundering, murder and prostitution. . .

      CONTINUED AT – http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/23/us-macau-murders-idUSBRE86M0E620120723

      ALSO SEE:
      ● Gang war fears see Macau police detain 150, Hong Kong arrest 130 – http://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUKBRE87504Q20120806
      ● Police detain 150 in Macau casino raids amid fears of new gang war – https://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/china/AJ201208060108

  8. James Canning
    April 6, 2014, 1:27 pm

    How very interesting that NPR would do a piece on Sheldon Adelson and not mention Israel.

    • Kathleen
      April 7, 2014, 6:42 am

      NPR’s history either to ignore Israel’s horrific and illegal actions, then went into the spin cycle for over a decade now sounds like they are moving into withholding the critical piece of a story.

      • James Canning
        April 7, 2014, 2:00 pm

        Given how loudly Adelson trumpets his wish that Israel do its best to drive the Palestinians out of the West Bank, it is very interesting NPR is silent on this issue.

  9. justicewillprevail
    April 6, 2014, 2:06 pm

    I used to think Dr Strangelove was a satire.

  10. atime forpeace
    April 6, 2014, 4:47 pm

    God, wouldn’t it be great if Israeli Jews would turn on their monied brethren in the diaspora and blame the direction that Israel has taken on the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee. We already have seen how the far right has turned on Alan Dershowitz recently.

  11. Kay24
    April 7, 2014, 1:23 am

    Adelson is openly and fervently doing what his warped mind tells him to, even buy the White House for Israel, and let the US suffer the consequences. For him it is Israel first and last. He is like a irritating leech that feeds off it’s host.
    If Adelson expensive, but ambitious plans, is successful, the US will become Israel’s puppet, wage wars, write our policies, and make our enemies. The candidate that will be bought by Adelson, will be forever in Israel’s control. What next? Perhaps land grabs, water control, and illegal settlements in the US?
    We’d certainly be occupied and controlled by a parasitic nation, if Adelson and his money had it’s way.

  12. Kathleen
    April 7, 2014, 6:51 am

    Sheldon Adelson and union busting
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-05/sheldon-adelson-s-100-million-union-bust.html
    Adelson gave to so many Republican, conservative and right-wing groups it’s a wonder he can keep track. Perhaps he can’t. Here is what he told the Wall Street Journal about his political views:

    “We’re pro-abortion rights, pro stem cell research,” said Mr. Adelson. He also favors the Dream Act, a law that would allow some illegal immigrants to attain legal status. As for health care, he said, “I’m in favor of a socialized-like health care,” similar to the system in Israel. … Mr. Adelson … noted that some of his beliefs are at odds with GOP policy.

    Yes, some are. So what drives a pro-choice, socialized-health-care loving billionaire into the arms of the Republican Party? (Did I forget to mention Adelson’s “company-wide initiative to make our resorts the most eco-friendly in our industry.”) There are many possibilities, including an Obama Justice Department investigation into Adelson’s company, and his conservative views on Israel. But the Journal reports that Adelson’s opposition to unions is what “divides Mr. Adelson from the Democratic Party.”

    So Adelson spent $100 million on electoral politics because he doesn’t want to deal with unionized workers? That seems a tad inefficient, doesn’t it? If Adelson wanted to keep unions at bay, he could just as easily have given every one of his 40,000 workers a $2,500 bonus this year instead of frittering away $100 million on failed political campaigns espousing beliefs he says he does not share.

    Either something else contributes to Sheldon Adelson’s political behavior, or he’s one boss who really, really, really hates unions and really, really, really wastes a lot of money showing it.”

    =========================================================

    Bribery, Money-Laundering, And Islamophobia: The Sheldon Adelson Story The Media Forgot
    Blog ››› March 31, 2014 3:10 PM EDT ››› HANNAH GROCH-BEGLEY

    “In 2012, Adelson’s corporation came under three different investigations from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Justice Department, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), an anti-bribery statute. Additionally, the Times reported at the time that several of the company’s subsidiaries also “came under investigation by Chinese regulators.”

    Adelson allegedly attempted to bribe the Chief Executive of Macau, where a substantial portion of his casino business was located, and reportedly instructed Sands Corp. to bribe a Macau legislator with about $700,000 in “legal fees.” (ProPublica reported that “several Las Vegas Sands executives resigned or were fired after expressing concerns” about the fee.) A former Sands Corp. executive also alleged that Adelson fired him after he refused to engage in illegal activity and protested the presence of Chinese organized crime syndicates in Sands’ Macau casinos.”
    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/03/31/bribery-money-laundering-and-islamaphobia-the-s/198684

    • DICKERSON3870
      April 7, 2014, 10:51 pm

      RE: “So Adelson spent $100 million on electoral politics because he doesn’t want to deal with unionized workers? That seems a tad inefficient, doesn’t it? If Adelson wanted to keep unions at bay, he could just as easily have given every one of his 40,000 workers a $2,500 bonus this year instead of frittering away $100 million on failed political campaigns . . .” ~ Kathleen

      MY REPLY: It’s all about CONTROL. Especially where a person has an inferiority complex, and he is desperate to compensate for his “tremendous feelings of inferiority, unworthiness, self-rejection and often feeling unlovable”.
      A secondary inferiority feeling might relate to his being unable to reach a subconscious, fictional final goal of subjective security and success (often stymied) in order to compensate for his feelings of inadequacy.
      In such a case, exercising “despotic control” offers a degree of compensation for his feelings of inferiority.
      Since these feelings of inadequacy are often subconscious, logical considerations of the conscious mind such as “efficiency” are largely irrelevant. The need to compensate by maintaining “despotic control” is subconscious, and consequently “money is no object”nor is “efficiency”.
      Rather than seeking to compensate for feelings of inadequacy by maintaining “despotic control”, it would be much much less costly (i.e. far more efficient) and considerably more effective to deal with the underlying issues that are actually responsible for the primary feelings of inferiority. Unfortunately, that’s just not the way the subconscious mind works!

  13. Kathleen
    April 7, 2014, 6:57 am

    Scrutiny for Casino Mogul’s Frontman in China

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/14/us/politics/sheldon-adelsons-dealings-in-china-are-under-investigation.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    “The documents show that the Sands paid out more than $70 million to companies tied to Mr. Yang for the trade center and for a Chinese basketball team the Sands sponsored. But several million dollars appear to be unaccounted for after the projects were suddenly shut down by the company, The New York Times found.

    What became of any missing money and whether any of it wound up in the hands of Chinese officials are among the questions being examined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Compounding the Sands’s legal headaches in China, several of the company’s subsidiaries came under investigation by Chinese regulators, resulting in a $1.6 million fine, according to Chinese and American corporate records. Mr. Yang said the penalty might have been much higher, but he “coordinated the matter” with the agency.

    Federal investigators began looking into the Sands’s China activities after the former president of the company’s Macau operations filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit in 2010. The former executive, Steven C. Jacobs, charged, among other things, that he had been pressured to exercise improper leverage against government officials in Macau, and that the company had turned a blind eye to Chinese organized crime figures operating in its casinos. (The Jacobs lawsuit raised questions about payments to another well-connected local figure — a lawyer and legislator in Macau — that were recently explored by ProPublica and are also part of the federal bribery investigation.) ”

    =========
    Same article:
    ” The company set out to cultivate Chinese officials. In the summer of 2001, Mr. Adelson and William P. Weidner, then the Sands’s president, flew to Beijing for meetings arranged by Mr. Suen.

    Chinese leaders at the time were worried about a pending House resolution condemning the country’s bid for the 2008 Olympic Games because of its human rights record. According to Mr. Weidner’s deposition in the Suen case, Mr. Adelson promised Beijing’s mayor he would do what he could. Mr. Adelson called his friend Tom DeLay, then the House majority whip, catching him at a Fourth of July barbecue. Mr. DeLay said he would check on the bill’s status. Several hours later, Mr. DeLay called and told Mr. Adelson he was in luck. The resolution was stuck behind a series of other bills.

    “So you tell your mayor it can be assured that this bill will never see the light of day,” Mr. DeLay said, according to Mr. Weidner”

    • Shingo
      April 7, 2014, 7:30 am

      I remember that well Kathlenn,

      There was talk that Adelson was trying to defeat Obama in 2012 to prevent the DOJ investigating that matter. Yet, even though Obama won, it never happened. I suspect that Adelson is untouchable by both parties.

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