A mysterious event in the sky outside of Los Angeles last week grabbed the attention of the media and conspiracy theorists. Was it a secret missile test? Even the Pentagon seemed flummoxed. This week, the military weighed in, dismissing it as the contrail of an ordinary jet.

Not to be confused with a coelacanth, the Contras, or any conspiracy-themed topic, a contrail is the benign conjoining of “condensation” and “trail.” Contrails are the visible byproduct of exhaust of jet engines, made of carbon dioxide and water vapor. In the cold air of high altitude, the hot exhaust condenses and freezes in the wake of an aircraft’s path. It is believed the contrail in L.A. looked unusual because of the angle of jet’s flight path and the angle of light from the setting sun on the vapor trail.

From L.A., the trail took on a shape that is similar to the contrail left by missiles. Experts agree that, while the trail had some resemblance to that of a missile, there is a broad lack of evidence supporting this claim, from seismic or other instruments.

Because of the secret nature of covert operations, the military can neither confirm nor deny claims made by individuals who believe they have special insight or a modicum of evidence of black ops. This silence is considered a tacit acknowledgement to some wild claims by conspiracy theorists. For example: say Area 51 to most people and they think of Roswell, aliens and cover ups. Conspiracies can certainly engage the imagination, but a dictionary enthusiast may ask, aren’t the vivid and unexpected definitions of the real world potent enough?

Nevada Supreme Court Allows Seizure of Casino’s Assets in Dues Dispute.

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News April 11, 2002 By Ed Vogel, Las Vegas Review-Journal Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Apr. 11–CARSON CITY, Nev.–The Supreme Court Wednesday lifted its order blocking the Fremont Street Experience from seizing $1.9 million from the cage of Binion’s Horseshoe. here fremont street experience

In a 3-0 vote, the court said it should not intervene in the case at this time. The justices said the Horseshoe could secure a cash bond to avoid attachment of its assets to cover payments due to the Fremont Street Experience pedestrian mall.

Because adequate remedies exist for the casino, Justices Miriam Shearing, Bob Rose and Nancy Becker denied the Horseshoe’s request to block the attachment of its assets.

Pat Riley, an attorney for the Fremont Street Experience, said it is trying to reach a settlement with the Horseshoe and will not move immediately to attach the money. go to site fremont street experience

“There is a possibility we can work this out amicably,” he said.

The court on Feb. 8 temporarily voided an order by District Judge Gene Porter that allowed the seizure of Horseshoe assets to cover its share of the mall’s dues.

Horseshoe officials had said a seizure would jeopardize the casino’s ability to stay open. Removal of $1.9 million from the cage would have placed the casino below the state-required minimum of $1.2 million cash on hand.

Riley estimated a cash bond to cover the debt could be secured for little more than $20,000 and the Horseshoe could avoid talk of shutting its doors.

A Horseshoe lawyer did not respond to a call for comment Wednesday.

While the court decision allows the Fremont Street Experience to take the due payments, the Horseshoe still has a pending District Court case challenging the Fremont Street Experience’s operating agreement.

Its lawyers claim that the Fremont Street Experience’s actions violate federal antitrust law, state law and city ordinances. They also claim the hotel-casino’s dues are unfairly large compared with those paid by competing downtown properties.

“We haven’t won the case yet,” Riley said. “This is all about security on a debt.” In court filings in February, the Horseshoe said it would lose $260,000 in daily revenues if forced to close.

The company employs more than 1,700 employees and has an annual payroll of $38 million.


  1. lingUist geeK-sage(RP) -  December 7, 2010 - 1:36 pm

    Conspiracy thoerists are those who has exaggeration in just a mundane natural phenomena..I was there that time actually but that thing not fascinates me even in littlest way. Some humans are genuinely simpleton and narrow-minded.

  2. hoax online -  November 22, 2010 - 7:06 pm

    im 53 years old…still nice and fiery…if anybodys wondering…

  3. Me -  November 18, 2010 - 11:13 pm

    psdbs. What are you talking about?

  4. ghostinthesky -  November 18, 2010 - 6:37 pm

    Nonconspiracy.T You have given away classified information. Hey President do you see this? *ominous music THE TNEV*EVENT*

  5. Nonconspiracy.T -  November 18, 2010 - 11:06 am

    Better watch your collusions, aliens follow me wherever I go.

  6. seana -  November 18, 2010 - 11:03 am

    More will be revealed….

  7. psdbs -  November 18, 2010 - 10:59 am

    Hey, ‘ME”……..how can you talk that talk so well yet can’t spell???

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