Lottery Post Journal

WOTW was good

A very dark, disturbing sci-fi movie — exactly what I was looking forward to — but with a little too sudden of a deus ex machina at the end.

I saw the first showing of the day.

The only thing that hurt the movie for me was this one guy sitting one row behind me, who kept clearing his throat literally every ten seconds.  Annoying!

War of the Worlds

I'm looking forward to seeing the new movie as it opens tomorrow.  I'm a big fan of the 1953 classic George Pal film, although I understand that the new movie will be much more like the original H.G. Wells book than the 1953 movie.

I just pray that there will be a minimum of "touching" or "cutsie" Spielberg moments, and a maximum of cool, hip movie-making.

Another Reporter Who Makes Up Sources

I think this problem of made-up sources is more widespread than is being reported.  Newspapers are being tarnished left and right by this stuff, and it's their own fault.

Too often, reporters allow their ideological biases to make them believe that a story is true ... so much that if they can't find a convenient source to corroborate a story, they invent a source, thinking that everyone but the "red flyover states" people believes the same things they do, so why should they have to track someone down?

And the editorial staff, who is in ideological lockstep with the reporters, turns a blind eye to the problem.  Only the recent financial suffering of newspapers across the country is forcing them to address the issue.

The reporter is off her rocker when she states, "Surely there are more important stories out there than another about me."

No, Ms. Erwin, there is not.  Your betrayal of public trust is (and should be) front-page news, not buried in the paper somewhere to spare you the embarrassment.  Find another job as a fiction writer.


Bee Can't Verify 43 Sources in Columns

Tuesday June 28, 7:54 am ET
Sacramento Bee Inquiry Can't Verify 43 Sources Used in Columns; Writer Has Resigned

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A newspaper investigation of a former columnist for The Sacramento Bee could not verify 43 sources she used in a sampling of 12 years of her work.
Diana Griego Erwin resigned May 11 as she came under scrutiny about the existence of people she quoted. She has denied making up information, but Executive Editor Rick Rodriguez said the Bee should have been able to locate the people named in the stories.

"It kills us that we can't," said Rodriguez, whose comments were included in a story about the investigation published in Sunday's Bee. "We still hope they will turn up, but we're presenting the facts as we found them. Obviously, we feel strongly that we should have been able to find these individuals."

Griego Erwin, who has said her resignation was for personal reasons, joined the Bee after a distinguished career at other newspapers. She worked on a project that won a Pulitzer Prize at the Denver Post in 1986 and also won a George Polk award and the 1990 commentary prize from the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

The discrepancies in Griego Erwin's work were discovered after the Bee tightened its anonymous sources policy and questioned whether columnists were given too much latitude.

Griego Erwin declined to be interviewed for the Bee's article but responded by e-mail.

"The story has been told and I am sad that The Bee continues to pursue this," she wrote. "Surely there are more important stories out there than another about me. I know there are. Even now, I come across them every day."

The Sacramento Bee:

Poetic Justice!

Press Release

For Release Monday, June 27 to New Hampshire media
For Release Tuesday, June 28 to all other media

Weare, New Hampshire (PRWEB) Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter's land.

Justice Souter's vote in the "Kelo vs. City of New London" decision allows city governments to take land from one private owner and give it to another if the government will generate greater tax revenue or other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner.

On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter's home.

Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land.

The proposed development, called "The Lost Liberty Hotel" will feature the "Just Desserts Café" and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon's Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."

Clements indicated that the hotel must be built on this particular piece of land because it is a unique site being the home of someone largely responsible for destroying property rights for all Americans.

"This is not a prank" said Clements, "The Towne of Weare has five people on the Board of Selectmen. If three of them vote to use the power of eminent domain to take this land from Mr. Souter we can begin our hotel development."

Clements' plan is to raise investment capital from wealthy pro-liberty investors and draw up architectural plans. These plans would then be used to raise investment capital for the project. Clements hopes that regular customers of the hotel might include supporters of the Institute For Justice and participants in the Free State Project among others.

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Logan Darrow Clements
Freestar Media, LLC

Phone 310-593-4843
[email protected]

Military Pay

This is an Airman's response to Cindy Williams' editorial piece in the Washington Times about MILITARY PAY. It should be printed in all newspapers across America.

On Nov. 12, Ms. Cindy Williams (from Laverne and Shirley TV show) wrote a piece for the Washington Times, denouncing the pay raise(s) coming service members' way this year -- citing that the stated 13% wage was more than they deserve.

A young airman from Hill AFB responds to her article below. He ought to get a bonus for this.

Ms Williams: I just had the pleasure of reading your column, "Our GI's Earn Enough" and I am a bit confused. Frankly, I'm wondering where this vaunted overpayment is going, because as far as I can tell, it disappears every month between DFAS (The Defense Finance and Accounting Service) and my bank account.

Checking my latest earnings statement, I see that I make $1,117.80 before taxes. After taxes, I take home $874.20. When I run that through the calculator, I come up with an annual salary of $13,413.60 before taxes and $10,490.40 after.

I work in the Air Force Network Control Center where I am part of the team responsible for a 5,000-host computer network. I am involved with infrastructure segments, specifically with Cisco Systems equipment. A quick check under jobs for Network Technicians in the Washington, D.C., area reveals a position in my career field, requiring three years experience with my job. Amazingly, this job does NOT pay $13,413.60 a year. No, this job is being offered at $70,000 to $80,000 per annum...I'm sure you can draw the obvious conclusions.

Given the tenor of your column, I would assume that you NEVER had the pleasure of serving your country in her armed forces. Before you take it upon yourself to once more castigate congressional and DOD leadership for attempting to get the families in the military's lowest pay brackets off of WIC and food stamps, I suggest that you join a group of deploying soldiers headed for AFGHANISTAN; I leave the choice of service branch up to you.

Whatever choice you make, though, opt for the SIX-month rotation: It will guarantee you the longest possible time away from your family and friends, thus giving you full "deployment experience." As your group prepares to board the plane, make sure to note the spouses and children who are saying good-bye to their loved ones. Also take care to note that several families are still unsure of how they'll be able to make ends meet while the primary breadwinner is gone -- obviously they've been squandering the "vast" piles of cash the government has been giving them.

Try to deploy over a major holiday; Christmas and Thanksgiving are perennial favorites. And when you're actually over there, sitting in a foxhole, shivering against the cold desert night, and the flight sergeant tells you that there aren't enough people on shift to relieve you for chow, remember this: Trade whatever MRE (meal-ready-to-eat) you manage to get for the tuna noodle casserole or cheese tortellini and add Tabasco to everything. This gives some flavor. Talk to your loved ones as often as you are permitted; it won't nearly be long enough or often enough, but take what you can get and be thankful for it.

You may have picked up on the fact that I disagree with most of the points you present in your opened piece. But, tomorrow from KABUL I will defend to the death your right to say it.

You see, I am an American fighting man, a guarantor of your First Amendment rights and every other right you cherish. On a daily basis, my brother and sister soldiers worldwide ensure that you and people like you can thumb your collective nose at us, all on a salary that is nothing short of pitiful and under conditions that would make most people cringe. We hemorrhage our best and brightest into the private sector because we can't offer the stability and pay of civilian companies.

And you, Ms. Williams, have the gall to say that we make more than we deserve? Rubbish!

A1C Michael Bragg Hill AFB AFNCC

Worthwhile Petition

I recommend that all Americans at least take a look at this site, and decide if you want to sign their petition.  It is shameful what a handful of people are trying to do to the memorial at the site of the World Trade Center honoring 9/11 victims.



A Lot of Nerve

That took a lot of nerve.  The husband: self-centered to the last.

The Darkness

The dark is generous, and it is patient, and it always wins—but in the heart of its strength lies weakness: one lone candle is enough to hold it back.

Love is more than a candle.

Love can ignite the stars.



No, I didn't write that, but it a bittersweet ending to a book I just finished reading at 2:30 this morning.



State Lottery Report Card

I posted a message in the forums about this topic, but it's not generating much response, and I think members are making a mistake by not getting more involved.

This can and will be a very powerful tool with which to objectively and visibly "tell" the state lotteries what they are doing right and what they need to do better.

Right now, the page focuses solely on computerized vs. ball machine ("true") drawings, but will expand in the future to include many more lottery features that players want their games to have.

Some examples of rating categories will include:

  • Compliance with a list of "standard" games all lotteries should have, along with a priority rating for each (e.g., Pick 3, Pick 4, Midday versions of both, Pick 5, a classic Pick 6 game, a multi-state game)
  • cash option available on what percentage of games
  • ability to change your mind after winning as to cash option (and what length of time can you do it in)
  • features/info available on official web site
  • televised drawings?
  • etc., etc., etc.

This is something everyone should get involved with, and could be Lottery Post's most influential tool.

VB Shortcut for ceiling() function

For some reason, Visual Basic does not include a ceiling() function, which takes a fractional number, and gives you the next higher integer.  For example:

  • ceiling(1) = 1
  • ceiling(1.7) = 2
  • ceiling(1.1314) = 2
  • ceiling(0.1) = 1
  • ceiling(-1.1) = -1

And so on.

Well, I needed a ceiling() function this evening, so I figured out a very cool trick, without resorting to creating a new function.  To get the ceiling of a number x, do this:


The int() of a negative number returns the next lower number, not what you'd think, but perfect for our ceiling function.  Then, just get the negative of that result.  (I use all the parenthesis to make sure VB understands exactly what I'm trying to do.)

Deep Throat = Deeply Troubling

Finally it's been revealed who "Deep Throat" was — the #2 guy in the FBI at the time.

I think a lot of people are very surprised about that, since the conventional wisdom was that it was a politician of some type, not someone within such an important law enforcement role.

I could totally understand political back-stabbing that would lead to blabbing about something that would bring down a President — but the #2 law enforcer in the USA?

Troubling, to say the least.

Of course, this has nothing to do with the "rightness" or "wrongness" of what Nixon did in covering up the inappropriate actions of a few misguided people in his party.  It was obviously wrong.

This is about the #2 FBI man involved in numerous ethics violations, not to mention possible criminal wrong-doing.

The fact that he is being cheered by liberals as a hero is puzzling on the surface, but in reality fits in perfectly with their notion that anything in the furtherance of the liberal agenda is OK.  (Think: Earth Liberation Front.)  The end always justifies the means, if it means the setback of conservative principles.

These are the same liberals who were all over FBI leaders like Louie Freeh and Robert Mueller.  I guess they weren't heros because they didn't rat out a conservative.

As it turns out, the most troubling aspect of this Deep Throat thing is that the likely reason Mark Felt (AKA "Deep Throat") ratted out Nixon was because he was overlooked for the #1 job at the FBI.  What a hero.