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2003-03-13 08:06:11 AM  
B is for broke.

To ring up a six-figure debt, damn that's a lot of Bingo.
2003-03-13 08:07:09 AM  
Oh wait, I see she got herself into pulltabs (we call them breakopens here) too. Now THAT is a quick way to go broke.
2003-03-13 08:07:09 AM  
Grandma got runover my a reindeer....
2003-03-13 08:07:45 AM  
That damn dog!
2003-03-13 08:07:54 AM  
Just one more hit..
2003-03-13 08:08:29 AM  
Why are all compulsive gamblers rubish at it, why are there no compulsive gamblers who have the lucky touch?
2003-03-13 08:09:29 AM  
But I'm sure the local education system and DOT thanks her.

They want to bring this crap to OK? Many more grannies would go broke here.
2003-03-13 08:10:52 AM  
69 - two fat ..... no forget that.
2003-03-13 08:10:54 AM  
There's no successful compulsive gamblers because...well...their successful. It's just like everything else, you don't get to hear about it unless someone is doing something stupid. :P Success stories don't go over well in amerikkka.
2003-03-13 08:11:02 AM  
Bigbox That is such a good question

Gambling compulsion even turned the T-1000 into a quivering mess.
2003-03-13 08:14:27 AM  
Successful gamblers are called "professional" gamblers, which is probably the exact opposite of "compulsive" because they use their heads enought that they don't get destroyed by a losing streak now and again. I think in a lot of cases the compulsion causes a person to be unable to walk away when things aren't going well, thinking the next big payoff will come on the next hand.
2003-03-13 08:15:16 AM  
But all know the house doesn't have to cheat ? be it bingo parlor, casino, bookie, or the state of Ohio, the odds only play one way.

State of Ohio! ROTFL no kidding!
2003-03-13 08:16:07 AM  
So...she thinks BINGO is the devil...and they play it at church...and she's adamantly against that. The devil in the church. How...contrarian/honest MWHAHAHA! Thanks for the laughs grandma.
2003-03-13 08:16:53 AM  
Weeners first poast
2003-03-13 08:18:36 AM  
2003-03-13 08:23:06 AM  
Her husband didn't know she had mortgaged the house?

-- please no Kettering bashing, it's a lovely little town really.
2003-03-13 08:23:58 AM  

It was a slightly pithy comment I made, put the question is, is there anyone who gambles through addiction not professionalism yet wins.

maybe gordon gecko

2003-03-13 08:24:30 AM  
It's scary watching people play pulltabs. It's like a feeding frenzy after bingo is done. Within 10 minutes, the floor is covered with pulltabs. Unbelievable that they think they'll win money in the long run.
2003-03-13 08:26:13 AM  
I've worked with the old folks, and let me tell you ... when it comes to BINGO it's like they're on CRACK!
2003-03-13 08:26:50 AM  
It's the lure of easy money, it's gotta very strong appeal.
2003-03-13 08:29:34 AM  
Why are all compulsive gamblers rubish at it, why are there no compulsive gamblers who have the lucky touch?

Because they don't know when to cut their loses. No matter how much they are down, they always think that they can still win it all back.
2003-03-13 08:32:11 AM  
What the hell is pulltabs, like a bingo card version of those scratch-off games?
2003-03-13 08:32:24 AM  
What has 99 balls and farks old ladies?


/obvious joke
2003-03-13 08:43:28 AM  
Depends on the state, but wouldn't it be better to play the lottery? I don't have time to look at the odds vs. winnings ratios, but if you play bingo, you've got a relatively small pool -- reasonable chance of winning, winnings are reasonably small. All of your fees go to the winner and the house/church. Lottery -- pick 3 and pick 4 chances aren't going to change, but some of the money goes back to funding benefits for older folks (in PA and probably many others). Long term, at least you're putting a few cents back in your own pocket for each dollar spent on the lottery -- professional gamblers would LOVE those kind of odds.
2003-03-13 08:47:45 AM  
Gambling= potentially addictive, destructive to home life and welfare.

Alcohol= Addictive, destructive to body, potentially destructive to home life, almost ALWAYS a factor in violent crime. Easily available to anyone. (Ever notice how theres always someone loitering around outside of a liquor store...that the guy that makes money off of buying liqour for kids. I know, I used to utilize those guys often while I was in high school.)

STATUS= Perfectly Legal. Actually, usage is smiled upon and encouraged. Even though DRINKING AND DRIVING is the single greatest cause of highway fatalities in America, we have road side pubs and bars to DRIVE up, fill our tanks with premium, and step back into our vehicle and DRIVE home.

Mariajuana= Plant that has come to be known as a "drug" (but any other herb that has an active ingredient in it that makes you feel better is called an herbal remedy and gets TV and radio time.)Effects include hunger, mild euphoria, a wonderful hightening of your sensory input and emotional input/output. There is no distortion of vision, dizziness, hallucinations, blackouts, or hangover involved.
It is easily available to anyone, and doesn't lead to other drugs. the FDA released a statement over 1 1/2 years ago suggesting that it should no longer be considered a gateway drug.

SATAUS= ILLEGAL. Prohibition of this plant is enforced vehemently. The punishments for this crime have so many reverberating and long lasting consequences, that people will risk death to get away from prosecution. The higher ups in the drug war claim to be winning (BWAAH HA HA!!!!) but in 2000, when the head guy (I don't even remember the douchebags name) was asked about bong sales, he couldn't answer what a bong was.

Good job guys.
2003-03-13 08:48:49 AM  
2003-03-13 08:50:37 AM  
.. and that's all I have to say about that.

2003-03-13 08:51:31 AM  
Slave2grind: good point, do you feel better now you've got it of your chest. perhaps you should write to your local politician.
2003-03-13 08:52:41 AM  
Is there any subject that people won't turn into a legalize pot forum?
2003-03-13 08:54:39 AM  
"There is no distortion of vision, dizziness, hallucinations"?
2003-03-13 08:56:27 AM  
I'm not saying the MJ is totally without health effects, but when cigs are legal (I'm not saying they should be illegal) laced with all of the after market chemicals SPECIFICALLY designed to addict you, and something that gives you 10 times the good feeling, last 10 times as long, and can't even be proven by anyone that it in fact IS more damaging than cigs is illegal. Something is bad wrong....

/adding insult to injury
and as long as "on demand abortion" (i.e., gruesome, heinous murder of convenience) is legal, I'll do whatever the hell I want, whenever I want. Because there is NOTHING that I can do, to match the obcene, vulgar, and evil practice of murdering unborn children. say what you want Libs...its murder...of convenience.
2003-03-13 08:58:13 AM  
Wow...a conservative that is pro-pot
"What was that?"
"A paradigm shifting without a clutch"
2003-03-13 09:01:52 AM  

I'm not sure it follows that dope should be legal because abortion is or indeed that abortion should be illegal because of dope.

Either way I think that you should find another way of venting your anger about these issues. Have a spliff perhaps.

Finally gruesome, heinous murder of convenience is your opinion, but this kind of emotive language doesn't help the debate.

2003-03-13 09:03:05 AM  
Goatman It's taken me months to realize this, but you just might be the funniest damn person on the planet.

Slave2Grind Do you think that if a politician ran on a platform of reformation of marijuana laws, he could win if young voters actually went to the polls?

hmmm... two topics in one post, neither relating to the story. What to do? I know!

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Kenny saves the day!
2003-03-13 09:12:37 AM  
The solution is simple Slave2grind.

Ween yourself off weed by playing bingo.

I wonder if bingo is a "gateway" game. Leads to Keno, pulltabs, roulette......
2003-03-13 09:12:37 AM  
<I>Grandma should be shot.<i>

You've clearly met my grandma.

</knowing goatman is about to go into some kind of "i've porked your grandma" riff>
2003-03-13 09:13:12 AM  
Moral of this story - don't disable html when you're using html.
2003-03-13 09:16:23 AM  
I wish this story would get picked up by national media. There are thousands of people just like this woman who have lost everything due to gambling. Casinos and pro-gambling groups like to show wealthy people gambling having a great time. In reality, based on what I have seen at the casinos I have been to in Ct, NJ, the people that are gambling are the ones that can least afford it (elderly, poor, unemployed). There is a disproportionate representation of low income people in mainland rural casino/ gambling places. It aint no Telly Savalas in a fancy black velvet suit with a hot babe on his arm. Its a 70-yr old widower in walmart clothes who is blowing his money that he needs for prescriptions.

I have seen up close how this can bring a seemingly strong person to depths you'd never imagine (not me, but a close friend in college - think "Less Than Zero" and you get the picture of what someone will do to hide their habbit or raise money to pay their bookie).
2003-03-13 09:22:01 AM  
I'm all for a war on bingo. Look, we can hire more cops, build more prisons, beef up the legal system. Very profitable. And if you're a cop it's a great stress release, raiding underground bingo games with guns drawn, beating the crap out of poor people when the cameras aren't running. At the end of the day, you feel as if you accomplished something, you've done something good, you're preventing another poor person from turning to bingo. So what if crime is up across the board, you've stopped another dangerous bingo game, and that feels good.

There's no shortage of gamblers who will say "it all started with bingo." Bingo is the gateway gamble, no doubt about it. But it's not thier fault they have an addiction, it's bingos fault. Poor poor gambling victims. Damn you bingo!

Of course, keep lotteries and casinos legal, we need some money to build those prisons. I mean, we can't raise taxes or anything, everyones too cheap to pay taxes. Sure our prisons are full, but we can let out the dangerous ones to keep society fearful and in check. Sure some may snap or in desperate times turn to bingo, but we'll be there to bust thier ass, and you can bet on it!

Just say no to bingo.

2003-03-13 09:23:30 AM  
Gambling is horrible. It almost destroyed my life 6 or 7 years ago. I spent thousands of dollars plus thousands that weren't mine. Luckily I came out of it with my life (almost didn't at my own choosing). Unfortuantly in my Province I live in, New Brunswick video lotto terminals were in every convience store and bar. Now they are just in bars where you see lineups of people who don't drink spending all of their money. These machines are not rigged but they are well tested and researched to provide the most tantalizing payouts. Anyways, I really need to get about 2 hours more of this crap out of my system, hard thing to talk about with friends.
I could tell you stories that would make you laugh, cry and everything in between. Okay so here's one:

Lady was in book/magazine store with son in a shopping cart, child was whining and jumping around because he had to go to the bathroom, the mother ignored his pleas. Then the child peed his pants, it made a very loud sound as urine splattered on the floor. The mother glanced down after the child was finished and pretended that nothing happened. If you could have seen the shame on the childs face, you would have cried. BUT, it did not curve my gambling habits at the time because I thought I was better than that. Next thing I'm embezzeling money from my company.


Thanks for your ear.
2003-03-13 09:29:28 AM  
Oops, it filtered out my tag. I guess I should have unchecked "HTML Enabled" or used []'s instead.

2003-03-13 09:29:56 AM  
03-13-03 09:16:23 AM Dookster There is a disproportionate representation of low income people in mainland rural casino/ gambling places.

Actually, I've worked in a rural casino for the past four years, and I'm gonna have to disagree with you. Without asking for income tax returns, I'd say most of our regulars are upper-middle class. We get a lot of people who own their own businesses, and seem to do pretty well.
2003-03-13 09:30:23 AM  
Oops, it did it again, heh. The missing tag in both posts was "</sarcasm>".
2003-03-13 09:46:57 AM  
Oh boo hoo hoo

"Im too damn stupid to stop gambling before I run out of money. Somebody needs to protect me from myself and outlaw gambling"

Get help. Don't punish me because you have no self control.
2003-03-13 09:47:05 AM  
I tried it once.I almost gagged on all the cig smoke. I don't know how anyone heard the guy call the numbers through all the couging. It looked like a lung transplant waiting room.

I don't think MJ will ever be legal. Maybe it shouldn't be. Maybe there is something that the governmebt knows that we don't, I somply can find no reason for it to be a SUCH a crime. I can walk into the break room at my business (a-hem, the one I own) talk about any subject. No one raises a brow, you mention MJ, forks hit the plates and people leave the room. Its like they've just realized that they're in the room with Hannibal Lectre. You don't have to like it, you don't have to agree with it. But don't buy into the steroetype. When I was child, I was taught in church that there was no such thing as a social drinker. You're either a drunk, or you're straight. But I was surrounded by people that believed that and it served to reinforce that belief. As I grew up, I found that this was probably one the most rediculous statements that could ever be made. I rarely, if ever drink, but I think everyone should be able to. I broke the stereotype that had been embedded in my mind for years and years by EDUCATING myself on the subject. And I had to do the same thing with pot. There is a steroetype out there about it....and many otherwise smart people buy into it simply because of a belief that it is the most terrible thing this side of rape and murder...because they have been taught to believe that way their whole life without investigating the facts for themselves. If testing is what they need for research, then I should be a Pot Emperor...years and years of feild work. same goes for gambling, which until reently had ben illegal in my state. When it came to a vote, people faught it tooth and nail, fearing that it would turn our state into some kind of crime underworld or something. Three years later and everything is fine. Lines were drawn, friends were lost and enemies made over something that would be NO BIG DEAL except for people couldn't see through the stereotype.

For all the name calling and yelling, you guys are cool as shiat. I spend my days with you and talk to you more than I do my employees. GROUP HUG!

2003-03-13 09:57:02 AM  
Addictions are all costly, but it would have be been cheaper if she were into drugs.
2003-03-13 10:14:40 AM  
I have had the same argument with my father for years - he says gambling should not be outlawed because some people have no self control. I say it should be illegal because it takes advantage of weak people, and profits on one of the basic human motivators (that is, getting something for nothing). There have been judges, a police chief, and other "respected" people in this area who have embesled, stolen, etc to feed this habbit.

Even one of Rhode Islands most famous minor celebrities, the pro boxer Vinny Pazienza, has a huge gambling problem and was recently arresetd in a CT casino because he failed to pay gambling debts to Vegas casinos to the tune of $75k.

I stand by my statement Moby - come to Rhode Island and I'll take you to the dog track near my house during the day in the middle of the week. Mostly retired folk, unemployed people, etc that are poor. Gambling ruins more lives than it improves. And that is a fact (or how else could the casinos stay in busniess?).
2003-03-13 10:16:46 AM  
Slave2grind: There is no reason for marijuana to be illegal. In all your alleged research on the subject you didn't happen across the original reasons why it was made illegal in the first place (in 1937)? I think you need to go read up on that. Probably the best reason for making it legal is understanding there was no logical reason whatsoever for making it illegal to begin with. Unless you have an irrational fear of jazz music and black people, because as stupid as it sounds, that was the reason.

2003-03-13 10:25:49 AM  
Dookster: How about trying to make this world a better place instead? Addictions to gambling, drugs, et al are all symptoms of another problem. Making them criminals just exacerbates their condition, wastes our resources and ultimately worsens society. Try solving the problems we have instead of making more of them.
2003-03-13 10:44:16 AM  
I am aware of all of that too. Actually many years before that, the religious community around the texas border noticed that Mexicans were smoking a plant and it made their eyes red...and since the religious community has a track record of simply pointing fingers and condemning rather than trying to be sociable and having open minds to things they know nothing about and because the Mexican were (GASP!) different from them and it started from there. Red eyes= demons. Hence, demon weed. And then with segregation, because the black community was using it, it was just another reason to put on the pile of why it should be illegal.
Once agian, I can't remember the guys name, but one man is single handedly responsible for the ignorance in this country. He was politically ambitious, looking for a platform to launch his political career. he cooked up abunch of LIEs...yes, outright, based on no truth whatsoever, lies about MJ. Since the nation basiacally didn't care about it, and it was all over...growing wild on the roadsides, no one really cared about it until then. He scared the hell out of the ignorant American public. And they wanted to the government to do something to protect them from the terrible evil drug. Lets see...uh insanity, rage, unprovoked murder...these are but a few of the lies he made up. And the lies keep evolving through the years...while the truth about stays the same, and for the most part, covered in lots of paperwork. Nixon reieved a federal report on MJ in his term that basically said exactly what we're saying here...that there is nothing wrong with it. Upon hearing that this is what it said, rather than read the hundreds of pages long report...he tossed it in the trash and never gave it a second look.
But now big money has gotten long as the big companies stand to lose from it being legal, it will be illegal.
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