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Aloha To Slot Machines

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Great. Another state with SLOTS FEVER.

Hawaii has always been known for its sun, sand and surf. It may soon add another attraction: slots.

For real? People fly across oceans to play slots? That’s what’s we’ve become as a species? Then again what the hell do I know? I don’t leave the house.

Hawaii is one of the last two states with no legalized gambling, but lawmakers facing billion-dollar budget deficits and hunting for ways increase revenue are thinking about allowing casinos in tourist-filled Waikiki or on Native Hawaiian lands.

Proponents say casinos would draw much-needed new money and jobs into the long-troubled, tourism-dependent economy. Tourists from the mainland would skip Las Vegas to sun on pristine beaches and take a turn at the roulette tables. Coveted high-rollers from Asia could avoid the long trans-Pacific flight, shortening their trip to the slots while also checking out the hula dancing.

And the hundreds of thousands of Hawaii residents who fly about six hours to Vegas would only have to jump in the car or hop a short flight to place a wager. Las Vegas is known around here as Hawaii’s ninth island, and hotels in Nevada cater to the state’s needs by serving island dishes and dealers wear flora aloha shirts.

And while I’m on the topic of gambling, let me share a story from a conversation I recently had with someone from Texas.

Him:

So here’s one I thought you would sympathize with/enjoy:

I’m at the grocery store last night and have to trudge over to the customer service desk and get my bill corrected. I find myself stuck behind a woman who is in line to pay a couple of her bills. As she’s unfolding all of her papers and shit, I notice that the bills she’s paying are:

– Direct TV
– local natural gas supplier
– some phone bill. Possibly a cell phone but I can’t be sure.

All these bills have PAST DUE in big red or black lettering at the top.

She pulls a giant wad of cash out of her pocket and pays the $300+ she owes and is left with a 20 and a couple of other bills. Does she stick this cash in her pocket for use later?

Nope. She handed it all to the clerk to pay for lottery tickets.

As our conversation continued, I made a comment that my local grocery store has this vending machine selling instant lottery tickets, some in amounts of $20 per ticket. His respone?

They have the instant scratch ticket lottery machine at this store, too (right next to the regular lotto machine of course). Except it has a couple of different $50 tickets in it. WTF??

Everything is bigger in Texas.

One final note. With slot machines taking up entire casinos, how come James Bond was never in a scene that involved this method of gambling? I can see it now: 007 is sitting next to the film’s villain and each of them take turns putting their tokens in their respective machines while a bunch of onlookers ohhh and aww over each jackpot payout. OK, maybe Sean Connery could make this look bad-ass, but that’s beside the point. … What is my point? No clue. I thought I was going somewhere with this but…

Hey… lookie over there!

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Written by kkktookmybabyaway

February 18, 2010 at 9:51 pm

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Useful Irresponsible Idiots

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So I read the following:

Within 12 years…the largest item in the federal budget will be interest payments on the national debt. Try to think how you would feel if the largest item in your household budget was interest owed on all of the money you’ve borrowed. You would feel like an irresponsible idiot, that’s how you would feel. Well … that’s what we’ve been.

Sad thing is I’m sure there are way more people in this country that wouldn’t feel like an irresponsible idiot.

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February 18, 2010 at 9:25 pm

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Blue She-Devil

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I can’t wait to see what other future incidents this “rape victim” takes part in the years ahead.

Durham police late Wednesday arrested the woman who four years ago falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape. Investigators said Crystal Gayle Mangum assaulted her boyfriend, set his clothes on fire in a bathtub and threatened to stab him.

A judge set her bond at $1 million during a Thursday morning court appearance. Mangum, 33, has been appointed a public defender and is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 22.

Police charged her with attempted first-degree murder, five counts of arson, assault and battery, communicating threats, three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, injury to personal property, identity theft and resisting a public officer.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m., police received a 911 call about a domestic dispute at 2220 Lincoln St. Authorities said they believe the call came from one of the three children inside the house.

When officers arrived, they found Mangum and her boyfriend, Milton Walker, 33, fighting. According to police documents, Mangum scratched, punched and threw objects at Walker and told him, “I’m going to stab you, (expletive)!”

She then went into a bathroom and set his clothes on fire in the bathtub, police said. Officers called the fire department to put out the flames. No one was injured.

Milton was not charged in the incident, police said. The three children inside the house, ages 3, 9 and 10, were not injured.

Officers said Mangum gave them a fake name, “Marella Mangum,” and age, prompting the identity theft charge. She also resisted the officers who responded to the scene, according to police documents.

Mangum has been ordered to have no contact with Walker.

Mangum is the author of the memoir “Last Dance for Grace.” She was a student at North Carolina Central University in 2006 and also worked as an exotic dancer when she performed at the now infamous Duke lacrosse party.

It was there, she claimed, that three white members of the team trapped her inside a bathroom and raped and sexually assaulted her. The three players were indicted on rape and other charges on the basis of her allegations and were eventually exonerated after North Carolina’s attorney general dismissed the case.

So let me repeat: Police charged Duke lacrosse accuser Crystal Gale Mangum with attempted first-degree murder, five counts of arson, assault and battery, communicating threats, three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, injury to personal property, identity theft and resisting a public officer.

But here’s the big question: will Jesse Jackson offer to pay for her legal defense like he did her tuition?

Written by kkktookmybabyaway

February 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm

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