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In the course of human events it becomes inevitable to stand up and take action.  Some actions require the dissemination of information to inform and educate the masses.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is at a crossroads.  First there was tha Mashpee Wampanoag Middleborough Resort Casino that has failed under a February US Supreme Court ruling.  But they and the Aquinnah Tribe of Martha's Vineyard stubbornly and continually attempt to hit the jackpot vying for an Indian run casino in Southeastern MA. 
MA Governor Deval Patrick and the Democrat led House and Senate leadership have passed a gaming law to bring 3 commercial resort casinos and 1 slot parlor.  The battle is continual against such stupidity.
I hope to display and comment upon effectively quotations from various individuals their convictions and attitudes on this pressing subject.  May it educate, inform and entertain you thoroughly. 

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Where Do I/We Go From Here
The events of this week have been spectacular.  There was not much more to ask for than the US Supreme Court making the most supreme decision to protect state's rights from the federal government.  It has stopped the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from ever getting a marshmallow dispenser on federal trust land, let alone a billion dollar resort casino in Middleborough.  I know there are the hold outs who still think the there can be fix to the situation.  Calling their congressional representatives to give post 1934 recognized tribes the same ill conceived "right" to build casinos with the help of ethically challenged investors, lobbyists and lawyers.  There will be no easy or quick fix.  Remember, there are 50 reasons it is just as much a long shot as was the one for the Middleborough casino.  The 50 states in this country would be hard pressed to forgo the reinstatement of their right to govern themselves and give it back to the Secretary of the Interior.  They will be lobbying harder and they have more pull in Congress than any tribe or Abramoff wannabe.  That is why I think it won't happen.  If it did, there would and should be a whole new revamp of the Indian Gambling Gaming Regulatory Act to close all loopoles and get the big money investors out from taking advantage of tribes so they can make the bigger bucks and curtail the use of casinos to bring economic stability to tribes.
So Carl, now that the SCOTUS took away the possibility of there being a casino in Middleborough, what will you do now?  Go to Disney World?  I was asked by a co-worker, "What will your hobby be now?"  Let me assure you all, especially you Roger, where ever you and your companions are, I and most of my friends and members of are going to continue fighting.  Too many state legislators feel all to comfortable bringing casinos and slot machines into this state.  We will be on Beacon Hill telling the pols to scrap the ideas of casinos and racinos.  Predatory gambling is not a just form of revenue generation.  We are not MINBYs.  We believe that such establishments should not be in anyone's back yard.
10:31 pm est

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Stick A Fork In It

We agree with petitioners and hold that, for purposes of §479, the phrase "now under Federal jurisdiction" refers toa tribe that was under federal jurisdiction at the time ofthe statute’s enactment. As a result, §479 limits the Secretary’s authority to taking land into trust for the purpose of providing land to members of a tribe that was under federal jurisdiction when the IRA was enacted inJune 1934. Because the record in this case establishes that the Narragansett Tribe was not under federal jurisdiction when the IRA was enacted, the Secretary does not have the authority to take the parcel at issue into trust. - Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas for the majority


What does it mean?  The Secretary of the Interior can't put Indian land into trust for a tribe that was not a recognized tribe in 1934.  The Mashpee tribe was recognized in 2007.  No land into trust means...



11:48 am est

Monday, February 23, 2009

Make Mine A Double
“The council does not take a position on some of the things that happen for business reasons, but in this case because extended alcohol range increases the possibility of problem gaming, you’re more likely to lose control if drinking too much. It’s an appropriate trade-off to have a rule if someone is determined to be impaired from alcohol, that automatically means telling the person they cannot gamble anymore. That’s logical to me.” - Marvin Steinberg, executive director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling
I have all ready mentioned one addicting habit earlier this month associated with problem gambling, cigarettes.  Alcohol is the other.  Some CT politicians in their infinite stupidity want have 24/7 drinking at their 2 casinos to be able to compete with Atlantic City.  Just another dim wattage idea that obviously is not helping Atlantic casinos in their plunge into bankruptcy.  It is always about money and milking the patron "dry" of their hard earned cash.
We know this will increase gaming revenues. When you stop service, people say it’s time to go home.”Mohegan Tribal Council Chief of Staff Chuck Bunnell
At least they admit it.  It is easy to take advantage of a drunken patron.  It is not a surprise, no concern for the common man.  And, once they leave full of alcohol and empty of cash, it is not their concern.  They got what they wanted.
“All we need are more drunk drivers on our roads.” - CT State Sen. Edith Prague, D-Columbia, a staunch opponent of the measure
At least the old rules allow the poor sap to sober an hour before leaving and still have some of his cash left.
5:15 pm est

Saturday, February 21, 2009

More Addicting, Bingo or Slots?
"Anyone can get in over their head with gambling." - Harlan Vogel, clinical coordinator of Heartland Family Service's compulsive gambling program

As you can see from the chart on the right, I think you now the answer.  As more people become aware that these gambling machines are a greater threat to society than Bingo, it is my hope they will reject the notion of bringing them to my state is a bad idea.  This is only those who seek help.
The article where this comes from describes the personal destruction gambling addiction is.  We are not immune here in New England of this type of behavior because of Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun and Twin Rivers in the south.  A Warwick RI woman has been charged with embezzlement.  I recall through work that a woman from a client of ours a couple of years ago would write herself checks of $2000 each for years before she got caught and of course fired.  She frequented Foxwoods and had even offered a co-worker of mine to join her at times.  My co-worker wisely declined such invitations.
It is really sad what addictive gambling does to people.  It is as bad as "recreational" drugs.  Let's keep slots and table games (#2) out of Massachusetts and elsewhere.
Middleboro Review
Bad day at work. Fight with spouse. Elderly parent, spouse or child given fatal diagnosis.The kids are all sick and I can't stand their whining. I get laid off.  I'm strapped for cash and the car's motor blows.  A close friend, loved one or spouse dies suddenly.  I can't make the mortgage payment and the roof starts to leak and the furnace blows up.  The business I nurtured for 30 years is going bankrupt. My spouse served me with divorce papers.
I just need to escape. Those casino workers are so friendly and they just love me!  The images on the slots help me focus. I come so close to winning the Big One!
We're being less than honest if we can't see ourselves in these positions.
Slots are designed to create addiction and suck out every last dollar I own, can charge, borrow or steal. Why do they provide babysitting to avoid interrupting gambling?
I'm with you, Carl!  We can do better as a state to create sustainable
jobs that support a healthy economy.
10:39 am est

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Match Made In Casinos
"This still goes a long way toward us taking a step in the right direction to protect our constituents." - Indiana State Rep. Charlie Brown.
I can't help it, but I have to say, "You're a block head Charlie Brown."
This all relates to a proposed smoking ban in most establishments in Indiana, except of course bars, casinos, horse tracks and off-track betting parlors.  Why?  The answer is obvious. 
He did say the casino exemption was understandable, because eliminating smoking at those facilities would lead to a drop in business -- and state revenue
Yeah, one addiction is associated with the other.  Coffin Nails and One-Armed Bandits, a match made at casinos.
Also, they want to give tax breaks for the casions.  Why is it that tax breaks for casinos spurs economic growth, when so many "progressives" believe more government spending and more taxes on the common taxpayer will cure the economy?  Just a thought.  Tax breaks I guess make sense in Indiana.  Here in Taxachusetts, there is a predominently different philosophy.
In Massachusetts -- The argument for slots is because we have to bailout failing tracks that can't compete.  With greyhound racing being eliminated, we have to protect those generous campaign contributors.
From Indiana ---
"Track officials said revenue from the slots was needed to keep their tracks and the horse racing in Indiana viable...."
Why don't we just allow the tracks to close?
And of the Tax Breaks from Indiana -- "[Blank] was under severe financial distress and was paying high interest for loans it obtained to pay the slot licensing fees. He also said the track and the state had
misjudged revenue projections from the slots."
Isn't a similar argument being made for Twin Rivers?  Or Trump?
There are some intelligent reps on Beacon Hill who do their research, instead of depending on industry lobbyists.  Let's hope they're watching the financial disasters around the country and have the wisdom to see that we shouldn't bet on gambling to escape difficult
10:01 pm est

Two Events You Should Know
March 1-7, 2009 is National Problem Gambling Awareness Week.  It is sponsored by the National Council on Problem Gambling and coincides with the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts' Day on the Hill.  Let your voices be heard on Beacon Hill March 4th and talk to your state legislator.  I participated last year and it was very worthwhile.  ChickenLittle.JPGMany of these legislators need to get away from the Chicken Little fear factor attitude that shows up every time a non-casino neighboring state hints at a possiblity of having a casino or the Mashpee Tribe talks about talking to the governor.  "Casinos are coming, casinos are coming."  "Get our casino now before someone else does."  Even arch enemies Bellicose Bumpkin and Clyde Barrows agree.  The governor ain't talking for now.  Why keep feeding into the fear of "lost revenues" to other casinos?  What ever happened to "hope" and "change?"  Where is the inspiring leadership?  Well, meet your "leaders" March 4th and inspire them to do the right thing and say NO to predatory gambling.
12:43 pm est

Friday, February 6, 2009

Jobs! Get Your Jobs Here!
"I have 25 years of human service experience and I have never seen a service organization, much less a business, take the time and energy you folks have taken in making sure all the bases are covered. I want to commend you and everyone involved."  - Dennis Carman, president and CEO of United Way of Plymouth County
This is not a quote about a casino development.  You can't say that this would ever be said of the proposed casino in Middleborough.  No gavels hammering for people's silence.  No false claims of racism and class envy.  No 5 days to read the compact.  No 100 degree outdoor town meetings.  No "vote for it or they're coming anyway."
Now Plymouth knows how to do it.  What did it take to bring jobs to Plymouth?  Tax breaks, community input, town officials with open ears & minds and it took time to work out all the kinks.  Most of the things Middleborough didn't have or do.  What Middleborough town officials do to treat business and their taxpayers is why jobs aren't coming to Middleborough.  They have back room deals with questionable lobbyists and investors.  Apparently Plymouth Rock Studios will be up and running long before any casino will with higher paying and better jobs for whoever wants them.
Local businesses from restaurants to dry cleaners will be tenants at the studio. "We want to do this right. We've made sure that the local community will benefit," said Mr. DiLorenzo
Now there is an economic engine with no harmful side effects.  I'm still waiting for a casino to be done right.
Anonymous said:
Awesome job done in Plymouth by dedicated officials working in the best interests of the Town to create development that works for the
Town. The caliber of elected officials in Plymouth speaks well of an electorate that supports their actions.
Those backroom deals that brought a casino to Mboro, also fought any sensible development.  Jack Healey and Wayne Perkins fought
and successfully defeated businesses that were interested in moving to Mboro.  Southpoint, where the drive-in was located, was to be home to a business park, not to be confused with an industrial park.
There would have been clean businesses, no heavy trucking and high wages.  The  developer had tenants lined up that would have brought white collar jobs to the town.  The Town fought them in court until the developer lost his tenants.  What do the dynamic duo now support at that location?  Yet another shopping mall proposed by Gary Darmon on the idea of Colony Place, that won't bring high wage jobs or keep revenue in town.  There are other businesses that were deliberately chased away as well.
The short-sighted and ill-conceived policies of a limited number of individuals in Mboro discourages those with insight, ideas and knowledge from participating because it's an uphill battle, supported by a small number of voters.  Until residents get involved, attend some of meetings, volunteer for committees, work to change things, and more importantly, vote to put different people in office,  Mboro will be home to the next flim-flam scheme, worse than the casino.
Wayne Perkins as Town Moderator bodes of the same narrow mentality that brought the casino to you with no discussion. Is anyone willing to step forward? You have my vote.
9:24 pm est

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Slots For Tots #1 or #2
SlotPot.jpgThis is the most ridiculous piece of plastic of you know what that can be imagined.  Talk about starting them off young.  Walmart needs to pull the lever and flush this insane toilet training device down the real thing.  Is Safety 1st in cahoots with IGT?  I suppose that Rep. David "Slots" Flynn and Sen. Scott "Call Me Stupid" Brown can file legislation for these as required equipment so the suckers patrons playing real slots in Raynham or Plainville can train their toddlers in both dumping their cash and their waste.  God save us from Walmart, Safety 1st and the predatory gambling crowd on Beacon Hill.  And, No Casinos.
Kristen said:
I have to disagree with you – I think this is rather symbolic.  What is deposited in the toilet is a perfect representation of what a casino will do for Middleboro and the surrounding area --  $#!!
Carl said:
From a totally "symbolic" point of view, yes, this is a perfect representation of what any device or product associated with predatory gambling is.  No argument from me there.  From a real world marketing point of view, such items are inexcusable.
Gladys said:
This is disgusting.
I am appalled that a manufacturer of products designed for children, which uses the word SAFTEY in the name of their company, would produce and promote this sickening product.  Why not produce pacifiers which look like cigarettes or rattles in the shape of bongs?  It's Ok because it's for little kids right - it's funny because they don't understand...  Barf. 
Here is the contact information for Safety 1st:
Dorel Juvenile Group
Consumer Relations Department
P.O. Box 2609
Columbus, IN 47202-2609 Fax : (800) 207-8182 Phone : (800) 544-1108
This is Wal-marts:
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
702 SW 8th Street
Bentonville, Arkansas 72716-8611

Kim Said:
When I saw this product, I was completely disgusted.  I have a two year old and will never, ever buy anything made by Safety 1st again.  That company obviously does not have childrens safety in mind.   As far as Walmart goes -- yeah, they will ban music cd's because of questionable language, but will sell a slot machine potty chair.  Unbelievable.....ban music but promote gambling to toddlers. How hypocritical can you get?  That is disgusting enough...what is even more disgusting is there are parents out there who will actually buy this product.  I think Walmart has also made it to this chick's banned list.
10:58 pm est

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