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(Some Lottery)   I suppose this is what everyone in South Carolina is Wondering...   ( divider line
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10819 clicks; posted to Main » on 13 Jan 2002 at 8:04 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-01-13 08:35:31 AM  
They can't figure out how education wins, because the education sucks. As we all know "if it has not worked for the past 100 years we should just keep on doing it." works fine.
2002-01-13 08:35:50 AM  
heh Aussie lottery money goes back into the lottery but then we just poorbies compared to u guys. We go nuts at $22million
2002-01-13 08:46:34 AM  
So SC outlaws privately-run video poker, then creates a lottery. Funny how gambling is awful and immoral until the government decides to get into it. Feh.
2002-01-13 08:55:20 AM  
[image from too old to be available] why?
2002-01-13 08:56:20 AM  
AussieX I'd shiat my pants over $500,000.
2002-01-13 09:26:19 AM  
Here's one I can't figure out. Colorado has a state lottery and they just got into the Powerball thing about 3 or 4 months ago. These tree hugging eco nazis put all the money from the lottery into building and maintaining state parks and things along that line, and then want to raise taxes for money for the schools. Yeah, education is really important out here. Right after making sure the tourists are happy. What a bunch of assholes.
2002-01-13 10:12:16 AM  
Education has won? MOre like terrorists have already won!
2002-01-13 10:28:39 AM  
Ohio was the first state with a lottery, and the big selling point was education. But since we slipped into a recession, they have been announcing where all of the money is going, and about none is going towards schools.
2002-01-13 10:54:55 AM  
Education doesn't win until the lottery goes out of business. The odds are against anybody winning... it is best summed up in one of my favorite bumper stickers: "Lotteries are a tax on people who are bad at math."
2002-01-13 10:55:17 AM  
"Finally, we can get all the education tools we need. History books that tell us who won the korean war, math books without all that base 6 crap, and a state of the art detention center, where children are held in place by magnets"

"Magnets, always with the magnets!"
2002-01-13 11:00:56 AM  
They'll figure out how the lottery helps education after they get their cut.
2002-01-13 11:01:07 AM  
SC is known to have one of the worst ranked education systems in the US. They were notoriously bad in the 80s, although some education reform has some since then.

When my dad was stationed in SC in the 80s I had a teacher who would hit and degrade any student who she felt deserved it. She once made me stand in front of the class and made me hold my hand out so she could hit it with a wooden ruler. Everytime you pull your hand away (which is obviously instinct) you get another hit.

This was like my third day of class, and when my mother found out she threatened the teacher. Let's just say I was immediately moved into a private school.

Did I mention this was kindergarden?

Anyways, way to go SC.
2002-01-13 11:52:46 AM  
South Carolina's education is so bad that they actually had "How to play the lottery" on several of the news casts the day the lottery started. And that was just for the scratch-off tickets.
2002-01-13 12:20:55 PM  
Who doesn't like the base 6

2002-01-13 12:30:25 PM  
I'm from SC, and what you say is partially true, the education system is pretty bad overall, but there are several really good schools here, I actaully went to a high school where atleast 25% of the teachers gave a damn. As for the money going to education, I don't much care, I'm just glad that we have some form of extra income into the state without having to raise taxes. Before the lottery was introduced, many people would drive to Georgia to buy tickets, and all of thier money going to Ga's coffers. And for the record, I've bought a couple cards and am currently working on a healthy addiction.
2002-01-13 12:48:18 PM  
I'm from next door... Tennessee is pretty awful as far as education goes- I think we're 49th right now. The whole problem with the south is the whole bible belt deal. Although religion and state technically aren't allowed to mix, it does. Short tragic example:

A few years ago, Knoxville proposed an idea to raise money for a local children's cancer ward. The idea was to drop 1000 or so rubber ducks in the Tennessee river. You could buy a duck for $5, and then whichever duck crossed a finish line first won. The winner would get dinner for two at some fairly nice restaurant, and all of the proceeds would go to the cancer ward. Good idea, right?

Well, it was shot down because the duck float was considered gambling, because it was an act of chance. To pay $5 to win a chance at a $60 meal was considered sinful. I think it was sinful to be that ignorant and waste some charitable causes, especially to sick kids.

Just my thoughts.
2002-01-13 01:31:09 PM  
I work for the school system in NC, and it's not much better then it is in SC (where I went to school as a small child). If the education system didn't waste all it's money on the Special Ed BULLshiat, and even more money attempting to get the worst students to do better, then things would be much better. If you're from the projects, or handicap, then it's ok to have a one on one teacher to student ration, then for the students who work hard to do well, get one teacher per 30-40 students then everything will be ok? Damn I hate the public schools. But, they atleast have good benefit packages:)
2002-01-13 02:13:16 PM  
They fail to note the drastic cut in the funding of education which took place last year in SC. Hope the lottery is enough to fill the hole. Of course, after cutting refunds for pharmacuticals Strom started feeling the cost of his mesds..
2002-01-13 02:25:34 PM  
So SC outlaws privately-run video poker, then creates a lottery. Funny how gambling is awful and immoral until the government decides to get into it. Feh.

yep. Feh, indeed, my friend. Feh, indeed. fakrin' hypocrites.
2002-01-13 03:01:00 PM  
2002-01-13 03:02:30 PM  
There was supposed to be a state-wide referendum where the people would be allowed to vote whether or not to outlaw video poker. Then the SC supreme court decided to cancel the vote and simply make video poker illegal.
For a government that paints itself as a mighty defender of freedom, there seems to be far more concern with limiting the few freedoms we do have.

If some idiot wants to blow his paycheck in a 7-11 playing video poker, that is his business; not yours, not mine, nor the republican party, nor the sc supreme court. Funny how capitalism is a wonderful thing until it interferes with some right winger's bullshiat christian morals.
2002-01-13 04:55:40 PM  
Um... Public education sucks. *thumbs up, as if on a Mentos commercial*
2002-01-13 10:36:20 PM  
We're dealing with the same hypocritical crap here. In Oregon we've got these ads on TV talking about how lottery dollars fund education, then we get the state budget back and find that the university system budget got cut 10.4%.
2002-01-14 02:36:10 PM  
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