Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pennsylvania Casinos: Good News/Bad News

According to

The Good News Is ...
Casino revenues from table games in Pennsylvania last month were a reported $67.93 million dollars. "the highest total since table games began in July 2010"

The Bad News Is...
Gamblers in Pennsylvania last month lost a reported $67.93 million dollars at the table games. "the highest total since table games began in July 2010"

The Good News Is ...
"The state collected $9.8 million in tax revenue from table games.."

The Bad News Is...
"The state collected $9.8 million in tax revenue from table games.." and still raised taxes on gasoline, tolls, fees on vehicle/drivers registrations, etc., etc., etc.

The Good News Is ...
New York State, except for 9 owned by Native Americans, doesn't have any casinos. They only have 9 racetracks.

The Bad News Is...
Albany will soon take applications for four upstate casinos after "voters approved a state constitutional amendment to allow Las Vegas-style casinos beyond Indian land." Two casinos are already "joining forces to pursue a license in New York's Hudson Valley-Catskills region."

Ukee Washington On Sitcom Tonight

The cousin of Denzel Washington, Ukee of KYW (CBS3) Philadelphia will be appearing on 'The Crazy Ones' tonight at 9:00pm. On the show (which stars Robin Williams & Sarah Michelle Gellar) he will portray a reporter interviewing Brad Garrett. Imagine that!

This won't be a stretch for him since he actually did interview Brad Garrett a few times in the past when Brad was on 'Everybody Loves Raymond'.

It's not his first rodeo. Jeesh, talk about typecasting!

55 year old Ulysses Samuel Washington III has previously played newscaster roles for 'As The World Turns' in 2009. Also in two more popularly known films entitled 'The Happening' (2008) and 'The Manchurian Candidate' (2004). He also appeared as a news reporter in 5 episodes of the TV series "Hack' in season two (2003). A series about a Philadelphia cop who got fired and became a vigilante cab driver (2002-2004)

Except if Denzel is competing with cousin Ukee to star in the role of a newscaster, Denzel's movie career should remain intact :-)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sick of Internet Comments?

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times and
Sick of Internet comments? Us, too – here’s what we’re doing about it
To our readers,

Starting this weekend, the Chicago Sun-Times and the other titles in the Sun-Times Media group will temporarily cease to run comments with our articles.

The world of Internet commenting offers a marvelous opportunity for discussion and the exchange of ideas. But as anyone who has ever ventured into a comment thread can attest, these forums too often turn into a morass of negativity, racism, hate speech and general trollish behaviors that detract from the content.

In fact, the general tone and demeanor is one of the chief criticisms we hear in regard to the usability and quality of our websites and articles. Not only have we heard your criticisms, but we often find ourselves as frustrated as our readers are with the tone and quality of commentary on our pages.

To that end, we are working on development of a new commenting system we hope will not only allow for free discussion, but encourage increased quality of the commentary and help us better police the worst elements of these threads. We’ll have more in the weeks to come on this development. In the meantime, we encourage you to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to offer your thoughts, feedback and suggestions. This is your site and your voice is an important part of how we work as a community to better serve Chicago.

Again, we are not doing away with comments. But we do want to take some time and work on the qualitative aspect of how they are handled and how we can foster a productive discussion rather than an embarrassing mishmash of fringe ranting and ill-informed, shrill bomb-throwing.

Thank you for your patience – and stay in touch (@suntimes and TheChicagoSunTimes on Facebook).

Craig M. Newman
Managing Editor
Chicago Sun-Times and

I'd much prefer not having a single comment if it... (1) Doesn't stay on the topic. (2) Doesn't add to the topic in some way by providing more information which can be verified by providing a link to a source. (3) Takes a personal off-topic poke or slanders someone. (4) Contains plain old useless trash talking negativity.

Do me a favor. Read over comments left at other websites and blogs. Then see how many of the comments fall under categories 1-4 above. I think you will find nearly all comments fall under one or more of the categories above. Once they are eliminated, there's very little substance left.

That's what I have done. After lamenting in the past over receiving so few comments I now consider it a blessing. The few that do come in are either spam or jibber jabber nonsense that gets taken down before most people read these posts.

Would I still like to hear from readers?
(But not from those like one or more of the four above)

I'm no longer gauging the success of this blog by the number of comments. Rather I've come to realize, by the large number of readers who visit regularly, a lot of intelligent people understand they needn't babble on needlessly about everything they've read. Because of that, I am grateful this blog has attracted a higher caliber of readership. I wish to thank all who visit my little blog. It's my hope you will continue coming back and/or continue your subscriptions.

Much Thanks Again

SWA Flight Attendant Does Stand-Up

Preflight instructions given by Southwest Airlines flight attendant Martha "Marty" Cobb

(Uploaded On YouTube By Her- April 12, 2014)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Not A Damn Thing Changed!

Way back when I was a pup in the 60's, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, there were a few issues that needing straightening out. We didn't get em' fixed back then.. and kids, ya sure as hell ain't gonna get em' fixed now either...

Pat Paulsen on Social Security, Gun Control & Healthcare (1967-1968)

Fat Cats on Wall St (1968)

"The more things change, the more they remain the same"..
That's just the way things is

Before Today's Reality TV Shows...

      There were these (to name a few)...

The Dean Martin Show

Promo For CBS Comedy Line-up For 1962-1963

Jackie Gleason

Before American Idol.. 'The Ted Mack Amateur Hour'

The Arthur Murray Dance Party 12/29/1957

The Ed Sullivan Show (Sept. 29, 1968)

The Carol Burnett Show

Reality TV or variety shows?
Which would you rather?

Springtime in Bethlehem, Pa.

Video Courtesy Of: "toplaycool21"

Saturday, April 12, 2014

LTE FOS Concerning Equal Pay For Women

On Friday, April 11, 2014 the 'Morning Call' published a letter to the editor entitled "Issue of unequal pay for women a 'pack of lies'""Anybody who tells you that women don't get the same pay for the same job as a man is either misinformed, a fraud or a liar or knows of a crime being committed. The pack of lies, repeated ad nauseam, that women make only 77 percent of what a man makes is based on earnings in total, not on specific jobs...

Substitute black or Hispanic for women in all of the above and you'd show the same results. However, everybody knows racial discrimination is illegal. Everybody should know that since the 1963 Equal Pay Act that sexual pay discrimination is illegal."
Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but they are meaningless without facts that support them. The writer then goes on to bash Obama. Writing letters to the editor calling others "misinformed, a fraud or a liar" make they themselves look like the very thing they accuse others of when facts do not support them in any way.

As far as for him calling for breaking things down by "specific jobs". If your going to start cherry picking, rather then looking at the whole, I can manipulate these stats to come out in any way I fancy. First he argues about all things being equal,"same pay for the same job as a man". Then wants to rearrange the deck chairs by skewing the numbers to make his numbers work for him by breaking things down to "specific jobs". What are the jobs men do that women don't? Apparently he wants to separate the boys from the girls when it comes to the kind of jobs each should be doing. That's no way to do an analysis

The best information we have to go on is put out by the 'Bureau Of Labor Statistics'. A table put out by the BLS indicates in 2012 the families in which both wives and husbands have earnings, only 29% of wives earn more than their husbands. It was last modified March 24th, 2014. In other words 71% of the husbands earn more then their wives.

The writer also spoke about black & Hispanic women receiving equal treatment under 1963 Equal Pay Act. Again this writer is dead wrong. Here is a chart included in the 91 page BLS October 2013 report entitled "Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2012" (PDF)

The chart above represents all the women's median weekly earnings as of 2012. Not just the married. These are full-time wage and salary workers by sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. As one can plainly see overall there is no equality for women whether they are married, single or of a minority.

Look In The Mirror
Unless this letter writer has a better source then the latest BLS statistics, his whole hypothesis comes from a man whom he himself very well may be "nothing more then a man is either misinformed, a fraud or a liar." However, I would prefer not to use the same words as he did. Rather I'd prefer to say this person can be excused by his being ignorant of the facts in an attempt to get at Obama. Which I suspect was his main agenda rather then a concern over women's pay inequality.

BLS: "Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey"

Friday, April 11, 2014

Allentown Hate The Fegley's That Much?

Emily Opilo of 'The Morning Call' wrote a revealing piece concerning the Allentown golf course restaurant.

It's no secret the Fegley's have gotten under the skin of the current administration. So much so that according to the article-- "In 2012, city officials abruptly decided to rebid Brew Works' lease for the golf course restaurant, a year before it was set to expire. The Fegleys had a three-year lease for the space with two optional one-year renewals at a cost of $35,000 a year. They employed 30 people at the restaurant, and made about $1 million in revenue annually, according to Jeff Fegley, co-owner of Brew Works." Instead they awarded the contract to someone else.

"City officials paid the Notis $18,642 to close the lease, the difference between the deposit and the remainder of the unpaid rent." Allentown also paid the delinquent owner $12,000 for used restaurant equipment.

In my opinion the current administration would rather piss away taxpayers money then reward a perceived adversary. Is this how good government is supposed to operate?

One final thing must be said
As much as people complain about the local newspaper being in the bag for this administration, it's not entirely true. This is one more good reason why we need strong investigative reporting and a financially viable newspaper. Bloggers have neither the financial nor legal resources to pursue these matters.

      h/t to Emily Opilo. Good reporting!

'Queen' The Best Band Ever!

LIVE @ Wembley Stadium Saturday 12/07/1986