August 25, 2006


Place Your Bets

...Annie Donnelly recently admitted that she stole more than $2.3 million from her employer to buy lottery tickets, ranging from lotto to scratch-off games. It should now be interesting to see how many politicians call for a ban on state-sponsored gambling games, considering that we saw an outcry from the House when the issue of online gaming was voted on several weeks ago.
...Representative Jim Leach (R-IA) appeared on C-Span’s Washington Journal when the issue was in the news and blamed online gambling for ex-Lehigh University student Greg Hogan’s bank robbery incident, since he reasoned that Hogan was robbing the bank to pay off online gambling debts. Aside from that being akin to saying that women who dress in a sexy manner can be blamed if they’re raped, I wonder if the anti-gambling politicians will be jumping at the chance to demand that state government-run games across the nation come to an end to prevent another Annie Donnelly incident from occurring.
...I think that we all know the answer to that one.
Sources: CNN, KYW CBS3


Blogger a.m. said...

Stealing money from your employer should be considered some type of gambling in and of itself, shouldn't it? Obviously though, that might be what only rational people think, and she's obviously not rational.

I laughed when I read the story on the Net yesterday. I keep thinking I won't be surprised by wacky news stories anymore. But I always am.

August 25, 2006  
Blogger CalvinPitt said...

So, she stole over 2 million dollars, and rather than just try to flee the country with that, she blew it on lottery tickets?

Is this where Carlos mencia pops up and says 'Dee, dee, dee!'?

August 25, 2006  
Blogger J.P. said...

It is amazing how much unbelievable news is out there, isn’t it?

Calvin, you have a point. She could have spent all the money on Enron or Worldcom stock and made out better.

August 25, 2006  
Blogger Wild Mtn Honey said...

you should see all the 'good' things the Oregon Lottery does for Oregon.
They actually have commercials on TV touting lottery profits and the school programs and state parks they finance.
It's repulsive. I hate, loathe, the lottery and all gambling.
Oregon really needs to suck it up and get a sales tax instead of profiting from social ills.

August 25, 2006  
Blogger J.P. said...

The “wholesome” push must be commonplace. Pennsylvania prefaces their nightly drawings by informing everyone that “proceeds benefit older Pennsylvanians.” I guess that since I don’t waste my money on it that I don’t like elderly folks in the keystone state. Oh well.

The thing that bothers me most in the whole situation is how so many politicians have pushed the philosophy that private sector gambling is evil but if the same gambling is run by the state that it’s somehow as clean and pure as the wind-driven snow.

August 26, 2006  
Blogger Dana said...

You know...I had to laugh when reading your post. Not that it was funny, because it was a great post. It just brought back funny memories. Or not so funny.

Taverns in Wisconsin are not supposed to have illegal gambling poker machines, but they do and often many pay out winnings. But our Casinos are all ran by Native American Indian tribes. It's aggravating, why the gov't allows one group to legally gamble and yet another gets fines and jailtime for doing the same thing!

August 26, 2006  

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