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|Mar-31-12|| ||King Death: The death of Trayvon Martin will be used by a number of folks for their own ends, this is sad but typical.|
|Mar-31-12|| ||Tomlinsky: <KD: The death of Trayvon Martin will be used by a number of folks for their own ends, this is sad but typical.>|
Mainly to brush up on Columbo impressions by the look of it. Pondering on what assists in creating situations such as this within a society would potentially be more useful I would have thought.
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|Mar-31-12|| ||chancho: <Joe Scarborough condemned some conservatives and right-leaning websites for trying to turn Trayvon Martin's death into a political cause on Friday's "Morning Joe."|
Martin was unarmed when he was shot dead by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in late February. His death and the local police department's failure to arrest Zimmerman have taken the country by storm. Scarborough has spoken out demanding the shooter's arrest.
On Friday, he excoriated some conservative websites for defending Zimmerman and questioning Martin's innocence. He said that he found their behavior "disgusting."
"Why is it that some on the right are actually taking this up as a cause?" Scarborough asked. "As National Review said almost immediately after it happened, this has nothing to do with gun rights, this has nothing to do with the Second Amendment, this has nothing to do with stand your ground laws, this has nothing to do with the NRA. This has everything to do with a guy that's trying to play security cop, who is unhinged, who chased down and shot a 17-year-old kid armed with Skittles and iced tea.'"
Scarborough warned that conservative sites should follow the National Review and "not take this up as a cause." He took issue with their portrayal of Martin in particular.
He said, "some racist websites, but also sadly some fairly mainstream websites are actually going into Trayvon Martin’s social media pages, be it Twitter or MySpace, and they're trying to find ominous looking pictures while skipping over pictures of him holding up a birthday cake smiling, him fishing with his dad, him standing outside proudly of his home dressed in a tux ready to go to prom."
"This is beneath contempt," Scarborough railed. "These people on the far right are being fools to try to make this a political issue.”"Some out there are marginalizing themselves, making fools of themselves," he continued. He speculated that they took issue with President Obama's remarks about Martin's death. "I guess in their warped, twisted, distorted, political worldview, that makes this dead 17-year-old boy — who was kept in the morgue for three days before they even notified his parents of his whereabouts — I guess that makes it okay?" he said.>
|Mar-31-12|| ||hedgeh0g: Wow...I'm pleasantly surprised to see a Republican taking a position on principle as opposed to ideological expectation.|
|Mar-31-12|| ||whiteshark: < Massive $17 Trillion Hole Found In Obamacare <>>|
Two years ago, when introducing then promptly enacting Obamacare, the president stated that healthcare law reform would not cost a penny over $1 trillion ($900 billion to be precise), and that it would not add ‘one dime’ to the debt. It appears that this estimate may have been slightly optimistic… < by a factor of 1700% >.
Because coincident with the recent Supreme Court debacle, in which a constitutional law president may be about to find that his magnum opus law is, in fact, unconstitutional, someone actually read the whole thing cover to cover, instead of merely relying on the CBO’s, pardon Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs’, funding estimates. That someone is Republican Jeff Sessions who after actually running the numbers has uncovered that the true long-term funding gap is < a mind-boggling $17 trillion >, just a tad more than the original sub $1 trillion forecast. This latest revelation means that total underfunded US welfare liabilities: Medicare, Medicaid and social security now amount to $99 trillion!
Add to this total US debt which in 2 months will be $16 trillion, and one can see why Japan, which is about to breach 1 quadrillion in total debt (yen, but who's counting), may want to start looking in the rearview mirror for up and comer competitors. And while Obama may have been taking creative license with a number that is greater than total US GDP, he was most certainly correct when saying that Obamacare would not add a penny to US debt. Because the second the US government comes to market to fund < a true total debt/GDP ratio of 750% >, it is game over, and the Fed will have its hands full selling Treasury puts every waking nanosecond to have any time left for the daily 3pm stock market ramp.
|Mar-31-12|| ||cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...|
|Mar-31-12|| ||Jim Bartle: "Deceptive, or merely misleading?"
|Mar-31-12|| ||Marmot PFL: A few people got lucky last night, and made $200 million each - <Lottery ticket-holders in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland each selected the winning numbers for the world record-breaking $640 million Mega Millions jackpot, lottery officials said early Saturday.>|
I did a little research and found that most lottery players think that the payout is only about 25%, when it's actually about 50%. Even the worst casino game is better than 80% (the most popular, slot machines, about 95%), but casinos are private businesses that have to compete while lottery is a govt. monopoly.
Also it seemed that a disproportionate number of winners came from small towns I never heard of, so I had the idea getting some people together to buy tickets from small rural stores. However actually looking at the winner lists contradicted this. I did notice several places had repeat winners, probably because the publicity increased ticket sales there. Some were the same people "reinvesting" their winnings.
|Mar-31-12|| ||OneArmedScissor: "You got me. Obama 2012! Wooow yeah baby! More like, Obey Mao, amirite? ahhhhhhhhhh"|
The last words of Trayvon Martin according to George Zimmerman's father.
|Mar-31-12|| ||OneArmedScissor: Obama is the best Republican ever and there is no way he will lose the reelection because he is doing the impossible republican job of dismantling and privatizing medicare, medicaid, social security, etc.|
|Mar-31-12|| ||karnak64: The expected return on last night's lottery drawing was $3.63 and I still lost a dollar.|
|Mar-31-12|| ||Fusilli: <whiteshark> The total size of the US economy, annually, is a bit over 15 trillion dollars (about the same as the debt, as you know). So, puhleeze...!|
<That someone is Republican Jeff Sessions who after actually running the numbers has uncovered that the true long-term funding gap>
Thank god we can count on a superman like Jeff Sessions. Who needs the Congressional Budget Office staffed with all those useless economists and professionals? The cost of the Affordable Care Act will be 17 times larger than estimated *because Jeff Sessions says so*. Phew!
Here's a couple of suggestions for Mr Session's next discoveries. I propose that the claimed gap be raised to 4,000,000,000,000,000 quatrillion dollars, and unfunded Medicaid and Medicare obligations are 999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999 quintillions of dollars... more than 40 times the GDP of the whole GALAXY!! Mind-boggling!!
|Mar-31-12|| ||OneArmedScissor: the PPACA is awful and anyone supporting it is a democrat cheerleader, an insurance executive, or a complete moron.|
|Mar-31-12|| ||OneArmedScissor: There has been an update in the Martin-Zimmerman case.|
According to new police footage, it appears that Martin may have also assaulted a police officer.
Police say the attack was due to Martin's ghost being upset about the wasted skittles and ice tea. Expert psychic Sylvia Brown has been called in to assist the investigators.
Also note the disappearance of the massive gash on the back of Zimmerman's head. This photo provides more evidence that Zimmerman is, in fact, a shape shifter.
|Mar-31-12|| ||Jim Bartle: "the PPACA is awful and anyone supporting it is a democrat cheerleader, an insurance executive, or a complete moron."|
I'm working to figure out which of the three I am.
|Mar-31-12|| ||King Death: <Marmot PFL: ...Even the worst casino game is better than 80% (the most popular, slot machines, about 95%)...>|
There's a lot of variance within these percentages and you can't even play a game like craps without expecting to lose your bankroll in the long run. Then we come to things like roulette. Here in the USA that game gives the house 5.26%. I'll let somebody else give $2.63 away for every $100 of action.
|Mar-31-12|| ||OneArmedScissor: PPACA is just a bailout for the insurance companies.|
|Mar-31-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Roulette is the simplest to figure the odds against you. You get even odds for everything from 1 to 36, and the 0 and the 00 tilt the odds to the casino.|
|Mar-31-12|| ||crazybird: <Mar-31-12 Jim Bartle: Roulette is the simplest to figure the odds against you. You get even odds for everything from 1 to 36, and the 0 and the 00 tilt the odds to the casino.>|
Not quite. You only get paid 35 times for a straight up. So house has an edge even if 0/00 weren't around.
|Mar-31-12|| ||King Death: <Jim Bartle> Though the odds I gave change if you ever find a "French wheel" (with only 0) but I've never seen one in the USA.|
The author made one clear mistake, the odds on the French wheel are 2.70% not 2.63%, but he somehow got it right with the "en prison" percentage which is 1.35. In a way it doesn't matter because anybody that insists on playing the game will go broke sooner or later.
|Mar-31-12|| ||cormier: <<<<<<<<<<<<<Gospel Jn 11:45-56> Many of the Jews who had come to Mary
and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him.>
But some of them went to the Pharisees
and told them what Jesus had done.>
So the chief priests and the Pharisees
convened the Sanhedrin and said,
"What are we going to do?>
This man is performing many signs.>
If we leave him alone, all will believe in him,
and the Romans will come
and take away both our land and our nation.">
But one of them, Caiaphas,
who was high priest that year, said to them,
"You know nothing,
nor do you consider that it is better for you
that one man should die instead of the people,
so that the whole nation may not perish.">
He did not say this on his own,
but since he was high priest for that year,
he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,
and not only for the nation,
but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.>
So from that day on they planned to kill him.>
So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews,
but he left for the region near the desert,
to a town called Ephraim,
and there he remained with his disciples.>
Now the Passover of the Jews was near,
and many went up from the country to Jerusalem
before Passover to purify themselves.>
They looked for Jesus and said to one another
as they were in the temple area, "What do you think?>
That he will not come to the feast?">
|Mar-31-12|| ||kb2ct: |
<King Death: >
Atlantic City casinos actually are a good bet. If you commit at least $500,000 they refund twenty pecent of your losses and comp you %50,000. I guess this is because of competition, but it tilts the odds toward the player not the house.
|Mar-31-12|| ||whiteshark: <Fusilli> On a long enough timeline your numbers look quite plausible, too. :D But even Session's 75 years look arbitrary and it isn't the most serious assumption. Thanks for pointing out.|
|Mar-31-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Do I understand that right? If you buy $500,000 in chips (or credit or whatever) they give you $550,000 worth to play with, and whatever you lose, they give you 20% back?|
That sounds as if it would swing the odds in your favor, but it must not.
But let's say you take your entire $550,000 and bet half on black and half on red in roulette. The chances are more than 94% you will end up with $550,000, slightly less than 5% you will end up with nothing. Sounds like the odds are very high that you will end up winning $50,000.
|Mar-31-12|| ||Marmot PFL: Your best bet on roulette is to decide how much you want to win, then bet as much as needed on one and only one spin of the wheel. Unless you have those devices that given the speed of the wheel and where the ball is dropped can determine which third of the wheel (1-12, 13-24, 25-36) the ball is likely to land in. Ed Thorp and others used them to win some money but of course they are banned now.|
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