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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Predatory Advertising

Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math

Ranger does not play Lotto because it is a sucker's game operated by a corrupt state government designed to siphon money from desperate citizens who see no other way out of their financial straights, shy of robbing a zippy mart.

Ergo, they play lotto with the illusory hope of salvation caused by nothing but a crack at random luck and happenstance. Adverts for Lotto invite the unwitting saps to Play to Win. Nothing but a game, and how dangerous can that be, except when the desperate participants lay down $50 at a time, a sizable chunk of a week's earnings.

The actions of the state are deplorable and unconscionable. The television ads
always stress what you can win, but never mention the infinitesimal odds of actually winning any of the money going into the vampire-like state system.

Where in the Constitution is there implied or stated authority for the state to gather revenue through gambling? Gambling is gambling, even when state-sanctioned. If it is illegal for the Mafia to run numbers, then so too should it be for the state. The state should be held to a higher standard than is organized crime.

When this type of advertising is used by salesmen, disclaimers are always present along with related consumers affairs information. Why is the state Lotto Commission exempt from truthful disclosure in their predatory advertising?

With the cheery colors and confetti and official logos, these ads must seems to many to have the imprimatur of the state. Is it too much to suggest that these insistent ads pitch an aspect of wholesomeness, much as if they were the state Department of Children and Families or any other such agency constituted to help the citizens?

When state governments prey upon the poor
and dispossessed, then it is clear that the American dream is a 22 million-to-one long shot.
Would any rich investor buy a stock with a 22 million:1 chance of success?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget the Lotto. Tax the 'weed' growers in Florida. From the proceeds Florida could buy China, wok,stock,and chopstick. Then the 'sunshine state' could sell the crappy goods back to the rest of the world and thus subsidize the poor and dispossed Florida Lotto players, thus making them rich and confused Lotto players and more money for 'education'
Major Mudd (that's 2 D's)
"Every man a King"

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 5:17:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but they learned it from watching "you". it's a "if you teach a creature meanness" kinda thing. our way of life is a gamble, more so than others. "freedom". america is/was a gamble. a teen-age mutant monte carlo, if you will, without the sense of loyalty towards it's people...these days. at some point the line between screwing a foreigner and your countryman faded when the stakes got high enough. then a "lucky" few began to understand there is no real difference between men on this earth except for those who screw and those who will be screwed. bummer. some take great delight in the that kind of way of living.

Friday, October 30, 2009 at 1:22:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PBS's National Geographic had a one hour program last week called 'Killer Stress'. Basically it deals with the subject of aggression, dominance, and subdominance and it effect's how groups interact and the consequent chemical effects on the body and brain and group behavior.The conclusion is rather startling and illustrates your point.

Friday, October 30, 2009 at 9:35:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

I might be straying off topic but your cmt led me there.
It amazes my Ranger ass how aggressively our supposed LIBERAL personages are once they gain power. BHO/HRC are good examples.They are natural born killers posing as liberals. It really deserves more learned comment than I can render.

Friday, October 30, 2009 at 12:31:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My take on this behavior is that Presidents and Cabinets and the Congress change; but the bureaucratic institutions of the Federal/State government wether democraic, totalitarion, or facist never do. Obama ain't going to rock the boat, that's why every measure is a half measure, finger to the wind, and a cynical, simpletons message of 'Change'. Things are changing alright, changing administrations maybe next election.

Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 2:25:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 3:35:00 AM GMT-5  

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