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Gettysburg Gambling?

July 5, 2010

Gettysburg Gambling?

A new monument to America’s Civil War history is proposed for Gettysburg: a gambling casino. The Mason-Dixon Resort & Casino would be located a half mile from Gettysburg National Military Park on what was known as South Cavalry Field, scene of fighting on July 3, 1863.

Historians are not pleased. On the 147th anniversary of the bloody Civil War battle, 276 American historians sent a letter to the state gaming control board, protesting the project. “This ground is as hallowed as any other part of the Gettysburg battlefield, and the idea of a casino near the fields and woods where men of both North and South gave the last full measure of devotion is simply outrageous,” said Pulitzer Prize winner James M. McPherson. 


Bankers Took Your Tax Money to Vegas

February 9, 2009

Bankers Took Your Tax Money to Vegas

All those bankers you bailed out with billions of your tax dollars are hard at work — in Las Vegas. The American Securitization Forum is meeting at the Venetian and Palazzo Resort and Casino.


Save the Kids and Horsies!

November 3, 2008

Save the Kids and Horsies!

Only one thing can save Maryland’s education system and the futures of innocent children. Remarkably, the very same thing will save the state’s strategic Equine Industry — you know, racing, the track, the ponies, Sport of Kings And Guys Named Lefty.

The solution: License corporations to take money from Maryland’s poor, one quarter at a time, rake off half and give the rest to the state government. Slot machines are the only salvation for education and the impoverished owners of Thoroughbred horses.


Comptroller Contests Slots Suitability

December 7, 2007

Comptroller Contests Slots Suitability

Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot apparently spoke at the University of Maryland/College Park yesterday, criticizing the proposal to permit slot machines championed by Governor Martin O’Malley. I say “apparently” because the “Diamondback Online” link is broken.

The slot question will be decided by Maryland voters in a November 2008 referendum.


Olympics Gamble

October 31, 2007

Olympics Gamble

China will be betting on the 2008 Olympics, says Shirley Lau of CNN, whether sports betting is legal or not.

Banned in China as a “social evil” in 1949, gambling – a government-run lottery – was reintroduced in 1987 and expanded to a sports-based lottery in 1995. Black market gambling is estimated at about $104 billion, ten times more than the lotteries.


All the Pretty Horses . . . and Slots

August 20, 2007

And they’re off . . . .


Only blue-haired ladies with paper cups full of quarters can save the Sport of Kings. That’s what Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and his Secretary of Labor say, anyway. 

A report claiming that slot machines will preserve his state’s horse racing industry was just issued by Thomas E. Perez, Maryland’s Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, but its objectivity has been questioned by the Washington Post, Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot, and the mayor and business leaders of Ocean City.


 Reports on the economic value of  Maryland’s horse racing industry are muddled because they mix racing and associated endeavors with recreational horse riding businesses and, as observed in a letter to the Post, the state’s tracks are owned by a large Canadian corporation and the wealthy de Francis family. 


Saving Maryland horse racing through slots is a transparent pretext to find a new source of government revenue that can’t be called a tax. Maryland’s historical experience  of slot machines and the associated political corruption have faded to nostalgia, and moral questions and the problems of compulsive gamblers can be ignored if, as with the state-run lottery, government uses gambling proceeds for schools and childcare. In today’s America, anything is okay as long as we do it for the good of the children.

Free State slots proponents also claim that racetracks in neighboring Delaware and West Virginia lure Maryland visitors to their slots palaces. It’s a good thing Maryland doesn’t border Nevada, where prostitution is legal.