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Hitting The Lottery When It Comes To Suckering People Out Of Their Money

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Yeah, because if there’s one thing we need as a country is easier access to State lotteries.

Dozens of states will begin selling both Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Sunday, moving the U.S. a step closer to having a national lottery.

It will also make it easier for people who now cross state lines for a chance at the biggest jackpots.

Lottery people are a different breed. And thank God I don’t have to work a lottery machine anymore.

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Written by kkktookmybabyaway

January 29, 2010 at 11:53 pm

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No Wonder American Exports Are Teh Suq

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Hi, we’re from the government and we’re here to help.

The trailer industry and lawmakers are pressing the government to send Haiti thousands of potentially formaldehyde-laced trailers left over from Hurricane Katrina—an idea denounced by some as a crass and self-serving attempt to dump inferior American products on the poor…

…The 100,000 trailers became a symbol of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s bungled response to Katrina. The government had bought the trailers to house victims of the 2005 storm, but after people began falling ill, high levels of formaldehyde, a chemical that is used in building materials and can cause breathing problems and perhaps cancer, were found inside. Many of the trailers have sat idle for years, and many are damaged.

The U.S. Agency for International Development, which is coordinating American assistance in Haiti, has expressed no interest in sending the trailers to the earthquake-stricken country. FEMA spokesman Clark Stevens declined to comment on the idea and said it was not FEMA’s decision to make.

Haitian Culture and Communications Minister Marie Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue said Thursday she had not heard of the proposal but added: “I don’t think we would use them. I don’t think we would accept them.”

In a Jan. 15 letter to FEMA, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said the trailers could be used as temporary shelter or emergency clinics.

“While I continue to believe that these units should not be used for human habitation, I do believe that they could be of some benefit on a short-term, limited basis if the appropriate safeguards are provided,” he wrote.

Uh oh.

For the recreational-vehicle and trailer industry, which lost thousands of jobs during the HUSSEIN recession, the push to send the units to Haiti is motivated by more than charity.

Bidding is under way in an online government-run auction to sell the trailers in large lots at bargain-basement prices—something the RV industry fears will reduce demand for new products. Some of the bids received so far work out to less than $500 for a trailer that would sell for about $20,000 new.

Lobbyists for the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association—which includes some major manufacturers in Elkhart, Ind., among them Gulf Stream—have been talking with members of Congress, the government and disaster relief agencies to see if it would be possible to send the trailers to Haiti instead.

OK, I guess I could make a comment like, “So it’s OK for Americans to get sick from these trailers but not Haitians?” but then again, why in the hell would ANYONE but a FEMA trailer? I’m all about saving money, but Jesus Christ. Then again, I’m sure the people buying these trailers won’t actually live in them but rather “flip” them to unsuspecting buyers.

Finally, this quote made me laugh for some reason.

Myriam Bellevu, who is sleeping in a tent because she does not feel safe in her damaged home, said: “If the trailers are not good, the Americans must keep them for themselves. It’s true that we are poor, but if they want to help, they must help in a good way.”

Written by kkktookmybabyaway

January 29, 2010 at 10:37 pm

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Cheaters May Win, But Some Of Them Also Choke A Bunch

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So I heard about this today.

Already missing Tiger Woods because of a sex scandal, the PGA Tour headed into another mess Friday when a player accused Phil Mickelson of “cheating” for using wedges that are allowed under a legal technicality.

“It’s cheating, and I’m appalled Phil has put it in play,” Scott McCarron said in Friday’s edition of The San Francisco Chronicle.

Mickelson is among at least four players at Torrey Pines using a Ping-Eye 2 wedge that was made 20 years ago and has square grooves. Such grooves now are banned on the PGA Tour because of a new USGA regulation this year that irons have V-shaped grooves.

The square-groove Ping wedges remain legal, however, because of a lawsuit that Ping filed against the USGA that was settled in 1990. Under the settlement, any Ping-Eye 2 made before April 1, 1990, remains approved because it takes precedence over any rule change.

McCarron’s comments resonated across Torrey Pines because “cheating” is considered one of the dirtiest accusations in a sport that prides itself on honesty and players calling penalties on themselves.

Mickelson refused to be drawn into a debate with McCarron over his choice of words, rather he criticized the USGA for adopting such a rule change in the first place, especially knowing that this loophole might cause problems.

Now golf is one of those sports where I really don’t dislike anyone. I don’t follow the PGA all that closely. I like Tiger. I like Phil. What’s my opinion on Lefty CHEATING?

Well, my opinion can be best summed up below. Well, “summed up” might be a poor choice of words, because this isn’t exactly to-the-point, but you should be used to pointless ramblings from me by now.

For the past seven years I have organized an NFL pick ’em contest at a message board. Each participant picks an NFL team and each week makes picks against another participant. These weekly matchups are determined by what teams play each other. For example, if the Steelers play the Browns, then the person who picked the Steelers and the person who picked the Browns have their weekly picks matched up. Whoever has the more correct picks wins. At the end of the season the division winners and two wild card teams face off in the playoffs, much like the way the NFL does. Hey, it’s been going on for seven years, so some people must like this system.

Now when the season starts to incorporate Thursday and Saturday games, this can throw a monkey wrench into the plans. Some people forget to submit picks for these games but will still publicly post picks for the Sunday/Monday games (people can send in picks through a personal message system as well so nobody else knows their selections). If someone misses an early game or two and still publicly posts the rest of the week’s picks, there’s a chance that this person’s weekly opponent could copy these picks and automatically win the matchup — providing the opponent correctly picked that week’s Thursday/Saturday game.

This sort of thing happens every year, even though I make several announcements about this being a legal action. Hey, there’s no way to enforce this so there’s nothing I can do. People have lost playoff spots because of this. In fact, this year a person could have earned a first-round bye with one more win but lost because his opponent employed this tactic. The victim didn’t get the bye and lost in the wild-card round.

Do I consider this method of play cheating? Officially, no. Do I consider this tactic cheesy and lame? Yes.

And that’s how I feel about Phil regarding his choice of wedgies.

Written by kkktookmybabyaway

January 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm

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