Binion’s Closing Their Hotel

From the Review Journal:

The owner of the long-troubled Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel is closing the property’s 365 hotel rooms indefinitely and will cut nearly 100 of the property’s 800 jobs.

Spokeswoman Lisa Robinson blamed the decision to shut down the rooms Dec. 14 on the economic downturn.

“This is a result of this brutal economy that has affected Las Vegas,” Robinson said. “We looked at every aspect of our operations, and the hotel rooms are no longer competitive in this market.”

In addition to the rooms, Binion’s Original Coffee Shop is being closed and the casino will discontinue keno.

The casino, sports book, poker room, casino-floor cafes and other amenities will remain open.

The Binion’s Ranch Steakhouse on the tower’s 24th floor will close Dec. 13 for an annual cleaning, but will reopen on Dec. 28, Robinson said.

Homeowner Association vs. Medal of Honor Recepient

I’ve never quite understood why anybody would want to live in a community where they had to answer to a Homeowner’s Association. If I buy a house, I would like to have the right to do anything I damn well please with it and not be at the mercy of a board filled with people like this:

Col. Van T. Barfoot, a local Medal of Honor winner, is under the gun from his Henrico County community’s homeowner association.

In a five-paragraph letter to Barfoot that he received yesterday, Barfoot is being ordered to remove a flagpole from his yard. The decorated veteran of three wars, now 90 years old, raises the American flag every morning on the pole, then lowers and folds the flag at dusk each day in a three-corner military fashion.

In a priority mail letter, the Coates & Davenport law firm in Richmond is ordering Barfoot to remove the pole by 5 p.m. Friday or face “legal action being brought to enforce the Covenants and Restrictions against you.” The letter states that Barfoot will be subject to paying all legal fees and costs in any successful legal proceeding pursued by the homeowner association’s board.

There is no provision in the community’s rules expressly forbidding flagpoles, Barfoot’s daughter said. But she said the board ruled against her father’s fixture and ordered it removed in July, deciding that free-standing flag poles are not aesthetically appropriate. Short flag stands attached to porches dot the community.

I would use the Worf facepalm gif but with the amount of stupidity going around lately he’s going to end up with a concussion.