Thursday, April 1, 2010

Place your bets, Bush broke the law, another questionable drug

Get ready casino fans, DeLeo, Murray and Patrick all have different ideas on slots and casinos and it's that polarity that will stall the cash cow from delivering. In closed door meetings, DeLeo's inner circle have devised a bill that would collect 25% of the revenue of two casinos, which may generate 250 to 300 million. The state would also sell licenses which may bring in another 75 to 100 million. Slots are opposed by Patrick and Murray. A compromise has to be worked out and it's my guess, casinos are still years away. One more player at the table has not been heard from lately and it's my guess, the Indians will be the first to the prize and I'm not sure, the Indians, being a sovereign nation, would have to pay the same rate.

Remember way back when it was announced by then President Bush, that in the interest of national security, new rules were adopted to spy on Americans? Well civil liberty fans, a federal judge has ruled that the surveillance without warrants was illegal. Defendants will now be able to seek damages, including punitive damages. Obama has tried his best to hide this action by Bush as it will open up huge cans of worms that will reveal much more of the illegal action taken by an administration who didn't follow the rules.

Another 'better living through chemistry" drug Avodart, a prostate cancer preventive medicine has shown to increase the risk of heart failure. Glaxo spokesperson is quoted as saying, "The higher heart failure rate in this study is unexpected and inconsistent with previous research". Years from now, this will a understatement. Look for ligation in 2 years on this one.

20 Comments:

At April 1, 2010 at 1:33 PM , Blogger Jerry G. said...

Lots of topics in this posting, and lots of information to digest. The Casinos being the one I am most interested in. You say it looks like they are going to happen, but where are they going to be built?

 
At April 1, 2010 at 1:48 PM , Blogger Frustrated in Framingham said...

Any insight on why they are against these slot machines Jim? I don’t get it. They say gambling is ok, and people can bet thousands of dollars on one hand of poker, but they are against slot machines that people put a some nickels or quarters in and pull a handle? What am I missing here?

 
At April 1, 2010 at 1:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed you talking to Jim Rizoli last night. Are you a supporter of his rants? People judge you by the company you keep. I am not Jewish, as a matter of fact I am getting ready for services tonight as this holiest of times in the Christian calendar begins, but I have to say that I am appalled to hear Rizoli say the holocaust did not happen. Where do you stand on that issue Pillsbury?

 
At April 1, 2010 at 2:19 PM , Blogger Jamie said...

Casinos, illegal ease dropping, and unsafe drugs. Only in MA could all of those be tied together enough to be talked about in the same space. Seriously, glad to see the Bush administration found guilty of spying on our own citizens illegally, but not sure that I like that the outcome could cost me money. If these people do sue the federal government, the payment of any awards to them will be coming out of our tax payments, right? And given the debt we are in right now, how the hell are we going to pay these people who were unjustly spied on? We are in a quagmire here and I just don’t see an easy way out, but maybe casinos are the answer.

 
At April 1, 2010 at 2:40 PM , Blogger new to blogging said...

Are you saying the Indians can put in a casino over and above the 2 that DeLeo is talking about selling licenses for? So we could have 3 Casinos in MA? I don’t know if I like that picture. Sure, the revenue from these could be great for the state, but do we really have the infrastructure to support 3 of these in this state? I have not been paying much attention to this debate, but I do think it will bring more jobs to the state and we do need those.

 
At April 1, 2010 at 3:21 PM , Blogger Barney said...

Finally Bush’s actions are being recognized as completely against the Constitution. The man lied to us about just about everything he did, and then spied on us to see if we were on to his lies. Amazing. You should all read this book I found about the Bush family and their secrets. If you ever wondered if they were really as bad as you thought they are, this book will show you they are even worse.

 
At April 1, 2010 at 3:44 PM , Blogger Angry in Framingham said...

I wonder about the opposition to slot machines also? What is the story on that?

 
At April 1, 2010 at 4:09 PM , Blogger Linda and George said...

Is DeLeos plan the be all and end all, or does the governor still have to sign off or sign on to this idea? I don’t think we were talking about putting one in Framingham, but I did her Milford mentioned and that is not all that far away, close enough for Framingham residents to go there to work and that is a good thing, right?

 
At April 1, 2010 at 4:29 PM , Blogger Frank S. said...

Where are these casino’s going to be built? Who owns the land they are going to be built on? I bet someone is making lots and lots and lots of money selling land to the casino builders. And they will get one of those tax breaks you talked about here yesterday, so the state will lose tax money of the property. I bet this is all arranged behind our backs.

 
At April 1, 2010 at 5:12 PM , Blogger Worried 01701 said...

What book on the Bush family are you talking about?

 
At April 1, 2010 at 5:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do those of us taking this drug Avodart do now?

 
At April 1, 2010 at 10:36 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

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At April 1, 2010 at 10:46 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Glad to know that some of the blog readers were at the candidate’s forum at Woodrow Wilson last night. The only way to change the process is to be involved and learn what is going on. Isn’t it sad that turnout was so low and the questions so benign? Why does the Metro West Daily News not sponsor a debate? No Globe at all? If it were not for FPAC, no one outside that meeting would be able to see. You should have introduced yourself. Yes, I spoke to Jim Rizzoli last night. Actually, I made an effort to speak to everyone last night, including party loyalists like Chris Walsh who may well be an opponent in the November election and Tom Mahoney who has the best chance for bumping one of the ancients out. Do you really think I believe in everything they say?
As the State Rep for Framingham, I will represent ALL the residents of Framingham, not just the ones whose opinions I agree with. And I will continue to support the right of free speech, which is a right ALL residents of Framingham have, on all issues, both when I agree with what they say and when I disagree with what they say. Note, I didn’t remove your comment. By the way, I am a firm believer in the historical facts and there’s no question, I don’t agree with JR on this issue. Any more questions?

 
At April 1, 2010 at 10:51 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Annon.. on the drug thing. Like the commercial says, ask your doctor about the recent study.

 
At April 1, 2010 at 10:57 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

The book is Family of Secrets by Russ Baker. I saw the author on Greater Boston a while back and had to read that book. My better half gave me the book as a present and has beaten me to it.

And from what I understand already, it's absolutely shocking.

 
At April 1, 2010 at 10:59 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

From the Herald: Calling it a jobs bill, House Speaker Robert DeLeo unveiled legislation that would authorize two casinos and up to 3,000 slot machines at the Bay State’s four racetracks.

“This measure will create a new sector of our economy that will create jobs and help keep our residents employed,” DeLeo said before a packed crowd of legislators and union members at the Great Hall in the State House.

DeLeo estimates that expanded gambling will generate up to $1.9 billion annually for the state, create 15,000 jobs and deliver $260 million in one-time licensing fees to the commonwealth.

 
At April 1, 2010 at 11:13 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Now get this.... Barney Frank is working on a bill to ban web gambling. It now takes away 15% from brick and mortal business, according to the Indian Casino people.

It is something that left alone, will take revenue from the covenantal casinos here in Mass, something that will and does take place now. Patrick wants a ban on web gambling also, DeLeo doesn't.

The Indians have trump rights as I understand it... but they already have land and if were not for the legal troubles of the tribe, this would have already been in the works in Middleboro, Fall River or New Bedford.

Franks S.... you nailed it. It's all out of sight. DeLeo and his inner circle will be bought and paid for and we will read about it, years from now.

I'll bet they drag this out to election time.

 
At April 2, 2010 at 12:37 PM , Blogger Ever vigalent said...

Very nice response to the question about Rizoli. Like it or not the guy has the right to express his opinions. Having someone to represent the residents of Framingham who will listen and represent all of us, not just the party loyalist, will be a new experience for some of us. Looking forward to it myself.

 
At April 2, 2010 at 12:49 PM , Blogger Anderson said...

Curious about this Barney Frank thing. Does the state get any money from on line gambling at all?

 
At April 5, 2010 at 5:11 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Anderson.. from what I get out of Barney's Bill, is that the State would loose money from on line gambling. The on-line gambling interests are not mandated by the legislator to fork over much if anything.

But someone.. somewhere always gets a cut of the action.

 

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