Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dream Deferred

(update:Ron Mexico wrote a great piece about Wyclef and Haiti and he made a good point about how Red Cross doesnt give every penny to help Haiti but they are first on the ground in these situations. So I am falling back some on my Red Cross criticism and you should consider donating what you can money,time or whatever. Research and find the charity or people you trust most in this time of need.)

I hope everyone enjoyed their Dr. King holiday weekend. Mike Greenberg of Mike and Mike fame may or may not have said "coon" while trying to so say Dr. Kings name monday on his show. The clip is on Deadspin and you can judge for yourself. I am still banned but the Deadspin site is giving the sports news ESPN doesnt cover or doesnt want to cover. Greenberg did the Dog the Bounty Hunter,Don Imus "if anyone was offended" fake type apology. If he didnt say it why is he apologizing? Golic didnt react when Greenberg said it but Golic is also the same man who said he didnt care if Notre Dame fans yelled racist remarks as long as the football team wins.

Dreams were dashed for Martha Coakley when Scott Brown beat her last night for Ted Kennedys senate seat. Coakley was an interesting character not because she is actually an interesting person but because she is the worst part of every democrats stereotype. Coakley was boring, she didnt know Curt Schilling was a famous Red Sox pitcher,and she didnt like to campaign and shake hands. Someone must have cloned John Kerry and Hillary Clinton and this elitist,entitled woman was invented and she thought the voters owed her this senate seat by destiny. Hillary Clinton went around New York and worked hard to get elected there but when it came time to run for president she kicked up her heels(literally) like the country would lay down and give her the presidency. Hillary thought her only competition was the republicans she never saw Obama coming in her rearview. This beatdown should wake up the Dems but I doubt it will. The Dems sat around complaining for 8 years of Bush about how they need a majority and the White House to make changes, they get it and dont do enough with the power.

The combination of powerball and megamillions in the same state would have been unheard of years ago but with the economy in the toilet anything is possible. Just like the same girl who shot you down years ago might go out with you now even if its just for the movie and dinner out at a nice restaurant. You can try to parlay that into a marriage with a few kids who knows,rofl. Below is a press release from the Tennessee Lottery about megamillions and powerball both being sold here in my state.:
"NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Lottery is celebrating its sixth anniversary today with the announcement of a new grand total of $1.6 billion raised for education programs in the state, as well as finalizing the launch date of “Mega Millions,” which will begin on January 31.

“We’re proud of how far we’ve come and the positive impact we have created for education programs in Tennessee,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery. “After six years, it’s likely that most Tennesseans have either benefitted from the Lottery directly or indirectly through a Lottery-funded education program, a cash or merchandise prize, commission earned from selling our products or a benefit gained by doing business with the Corporation.”

The new total of $1.6 billion for education comes after the Lottery closed its books for the second quarter of this fiscal year. Other details about the Lottery’s first six years (Jan. 20, 2004 through Dec. 31, 2009) include:
• More than $6 billion in gross ticket sales
• Nearly $3.6 billion in prizes won by players
• Nearly $393 million paid in retailer commissions
• 52 tickets sold worth $1 million or more

“What better way to continue this momentum than by offering Mega Millions and Powerball, two mega-jackpot games that players are sure to enjoy,” said Hargrove, who is Chair of the Powerball Group and has been a longtime and leading proponent of cross-selling both games.

“With more people having the chance to play both games, Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots are expected to grow bigger and faster than when they were sold individually. This means more winners and larger jackpots on a more frequent basis.”
The Lottery expects Mega Millions to bring an additional $10 to $15 million annually to education programs in Tennessee.

The decision to allow states the option of offering both Powerball and Mega Millions has been prohibited until a recent agreement was reached in a joint meeting of all U.S. lottery jurisdictions. Beginning Jan. 31, 33 jurisdictions representing a combined population of 200 million people with 148,000 retail outlets will begin offering both games. Others will begin cross-selling the two games at later dates."

Todd Northrop of wrote the following list of states that will sell both or not sell both:

State-by-state breakdown

Starting Jan. 31, the following states/jurisdictions will offer both Powerball and Mega Millions:

•North Carolina
•North Dakota
•New Hampshire
•New Jersey
•New Mexico
•New York
•Rhode Island
•South Carolina
•Washington, D.C.
•West Virginia
States/jurisdictions continuing to offer only Powerball on Jan. 31:

•South Dakota
•U.S. Virgin Islands
States/jurisdictions continuing to offer only Mega Millions on Jan. 31:



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  2. Thank you Marion for visiting the site and posting. I try to keep everyone entertained and thinking.