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Why Legalized Gambling in Alabama Would Be Wrong

In a time of such deep recession when so many people continue to lose their jobs, yet the cost of living and health insurance continues to rise, the last thing Alabama needs is another thing to provide FALSE hope to gullible and innocent who are living on their last dime.

It would be morally and ethically irresponsible for the people and the legislation of Alabama to allow for gambling of any type to be legalized.

Let’s consider that smoking is legal. Does this mean it is good for a person? No. It causes lung cancer in not only the smoker, but also in those who breathe the air around the smoker. It also causes asthma in those who breathe that same air.

Let’s consider that drinking is legal. Is it good for a person? No. It damages the liver. Drunk drivers kill people.

Cell phones. They are both a way to stay in touch with people who are near and far at all times of the day through talk and text but they can also cause accidents and fatalities.

Gambling has led to addictions which in some states has led to taxpayer dollars being spent to put up billboards and set up hotlines for counseling to help those addicts. That is money that is being diverted away from the education that the gambling dollars was supposedly going to help.

Gambling can become addictive. People end up putting false hope into some machine that is rigged against them, that will cause them to fail, and then they lose everything they have because in the off-chance they happen to win, they want to do it again and again and again. There’s the addiction. Hook, line, and sinker.

Gambling is not good stewardship of our resources. It is wasteful and sinful.

God did not tell us to go waste everything He put us in charge of. He told us to be go be good stewards.

Part of being good stewards is using the money we have wisely for education and for road repairs. Part of being good stewards is helping those less fortunate than ourselves.

Gambling is not the answer. It is the harm.

We have several opportunities presented to help ourselves get out of the mess we are now in. We can allow higher property tax for education. It would only affect a few anyway, but oddly, the only people I see ever protesting these higher property taxes are the very people who can afford it and should be paying it.

And because in the end, the state would have to sponsor hotlines and counseling to help those who end up addicted, that would divert money that is supposedly going for education or roadwork or some other noble cause away from what the gambling was legalized to support.

The better solution would be for the people who live in those fancy houses that cost $500,000 and drive those fancy cars that they make $1000 per month car payments on and that insist on going out to eat every night at some fancy restaurant to get off their high horse, and vote for higher property taxes in Alabama, which would support education.

Because frankly, the only people I ever saw putting up a fight against that the last time was the people who can afford it and should pay it. The only people I hear complaining about raising some kind of tax somewhere should our state manage to cut taxes on groceries like most every other state in the United States is the rich people.

God asked us to take care of the poor and the hungry and those less fortunate than ourselves. Part of that would be to cut the taxes on essentials, like food at the grocery store, because the reason why American society is getting fatter is because the healthy food is unattainable to some 50 percent or more of Americans due to the inane taxes on groceries.

And the only reason why the state of Alabama is in the middle of another tax dollar-wasting debate on whether or not to legalize gambling is because of rich people who are greedy and want to see the poor and the needy fall flat on their faces in shame when they lose to a bunch of rigged machines.

How lowdown and uncaring can these sick people get?

In all honesty, it should be the church that comes along to make sure that no one will be victimized by such immoral, unethical, unhealthy, sinful, wasteful temptations. Every church in Alabama should be making sure their members are armed with the truth and the facts they need to make sure this won’t go through and then some. Every minister should make sure that no one will be able to be persuaded, that those who would be the most susceptible are taken care of, and that everyone is equipped to handle the consequences, whether good or bad.

But honestly, we don’t need gambling to fund education. We don’t need dirty money to teach our children. We don’t need dirty money helping healthcare costs. We don’t need dirty money repairing our roads. We just don’t need dirty money.


Of Crochety Old Men, Rude Police, and Arrogant Authors

Posted in Uncategorized by ses31 on January 29, 2010

I seriously have to explain that title.

Yesterday I had gone to the dentist for a toothache that began around the same time as a fever on Sunday. The good news: no drilling needed. The bad news: I technically need a professionally fitted nightguard that costs around $400 which I can’t afford, but I went to CVS and got a bite wing (cost about $50) for temporary trial (and my mouth hurts this morning. Anyway, the dentist thinks I have been grinding my teeth at night because of an oncoming cold or sinus infection which must be causing my fever (which I still have this morning).

After I left the dentist, I went to Whole Foods to get a bag of spinach, chocolate milk, very vanilla soy milk, and I got an organic orange to snack on for the drive home. Then I made a pit stop by Staples on 280 to see about notebook paper which was supposedly on sale for $1 according to the website (yeah right).

Well, that’s when my day turned from bad to worse. I had gotten back in my car and had gotten a text from my cousin in response to a text I had sent her. So rather than text in motion, I sat there and replied back. Then I got another text from someone else and made a reply. Well, it was during this time that the car that would change my day appeared. It had come down the lane, turned around, illegally I might add, then just sat there. I was done texting for the time being and getting ready to back out, but noticed in my rearview mirror that someone else was about to back out, so I had to wait. Well the driver of that car must have decided he couldn’t wait on me any longer and decided to go ahead and park next to my car and then suddenly slam! He bumps my car with his car door! My whole car shakes! Well this ticks me off because the last time something like that happened, it resulted in about $500 worth of damage that we couldn’t get repaired to that vehicle I had at the time and even though my insurance company tracked the person down, we couldn’t do anything because they refused to respond. So this time I got a picture for identification of the model and the license tag for evidence.

I calmly explained to the man when he got back that he had bumped my car, but then he began to yell at me, so I walked away. I was starting to cry because why was I getting yelled at when I was the victim?

Then the police officers on horses rushed over but they surrounded me threatening and harassing me, claiming I was yelling at an old man. WHAT???!!!??? Wow!!!! They were two stores away and didn’t hear what actually happened. They just automatically assumed that just because he was older, that he was the innocent party. They yelled at me to shut up and refused to even listen to me.

Wow! Now I know why the Birmingham Police keeps coming under scrutiny for POLICE BRUTALITY. Only this time, it was brutality of an innocent white victim.

Well, I immediately e-mailed my local representative, Cam Ward, to tell him why I loved Alabaster after this incident, as well as Governor Riley, and an administrator for the Birmingham City Council because this kind of behavior on the part of city police officers anywhere is irreprehensible. Alabaster police officers do not act like that. Troy police officers do not act that (I used to live in Troy).

Police are called to protect and serve. Part of that is to find out what has happened by getting the information from both sides, not by making threats to someone who is already clearing upset from someone who has started yelling. I walked away. I did not yell. I walked away. He was the only one doing any yelling when they came over.

The worst of it, they let him go easy while they still harassed me and threatened me just because he was still old. The one officer was all, “Are you okay, sir?” And I heard the man say, “She must have a mental problem?”


I wanted to pick up my orange and fling it at someone. I was the victim. Not THAT man. If anyone at that scene had a mental problem, it was him for the way he instantly began to yell at me for just trying to calmly explain that he had hit my car and how I know he had hit my car.

Well, anyway, I’m glad that God must’ve been looking after me on account of the fact that based on their threats, things could’ve gone a lot differently, but they didn’t, and I’m here to tell about it. But I’m rightfully irate. As is my mother. I was emotionally and physically traumatized yesterday and for no reason. After much prayers, I am considering going down to my local police to have charges pressed against the man for what he did. I know the opposite of grace, but I think under the circumstances, grace can only go so far….

Arrogant authors. November 25, 2009, I posted a comment on the following website: My comment: I was utilizing this book for a historical research paper on Freedom of the Press during the Civil Rights Era and when I went to find the articles the author used, I could not find over half of them; the ones I did find had the wrong dates or the wrong page numbers and someone of them were not in existence! The authors don’t do a good job citing their sources at all.

Comment by Susan from Alabama — November 25, 2009 @ 12:07 pm

The response: Dear Susan from Alabama,

I just came upon your comment while looking for something. Naturally, your comment is disturbing to me because we believe our footnotes are impeccable, and to date have not heard these kinds of claims from anyone. The first edition hardback did have some page numbers wrong in the index—but not many and they were corrected. Every single article we cite exists, and I’m confident exists on the date we cited. Out of 1,000 footnotes, there may be a scattered error that I don’t know about, but to suggest you couldn’t find more than half the articles you sought is beyond belief. Email me at and I’ll gladly help you. We put 15 years into that book, the sourcing is correct, comprehensive and a source of great pride. So I’m not likely to let a random email from an anonymous person cast doubt on it. Thank you. Hank Klibanoff (from Alabama)

Comment by Hank Klibanoff from Atlanta, GA — January 29, 2010 @ 12:44 am

I sent a message this morning:
Look Mr. Klibanoff, my thoughts on the accuracy of your citations as posted November 25 at hold true. My mother was also trying to help me find some of those cited sources and it was much to both of our avail that what I stated was true. Sadly, your book was not the only one, but it was the worst one. I even mentioned this to my professor whose class I was writing a paper for which is why I had used the book, and he even agreed that may be a strong possibility, especially since the authors were not coming from a historical background first, but a journalistic background. I had to agree. That is why I was most aggrieved. But unfortunately, your response comes a little late for me because since I couldn’t find most of the sources I was looking for from your book, my paper suffered for it, and therefore, my grade may have suffered for it, thus my graduate career may have suffered for it and my health. Now if you would like to forward your message to my professor directly, perhaps I could have a miracle-a sort of a second chance because for whatever the reason, my mother and I were absolutely horrified the fact that we could not find the majority of the sources cited in your book for the reasons that I indicated. It angered me because one or two sources having an incorrect citation is one thing, but the majority?!? By the way, the sources we looked for at the time were all the sources pertaining to the following topics: Emmett Till, Rosa Parks, Little Rock-Central High, lunch counter sit-ins (particularly Montgomery, Alabama), James Meredith, Birmingham civil rights demonstrations, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, and New York Times v. Sullivan. Not that I remember everything that was covered in your book as opposed to the topics I was focusing on, but my final paper topic ended up being The Press During the Civil Rights Era, 1955-1965. If you’d like to e-mail my professor directly about what your response, his e-mail is I’m sure he’d love. Heck, you can even forward this message to him if you want, which I’ve half a mind to do so myself were it not for the fact for my thoughts are so scattered right now! You might have put 15 years into the book, but that doesn’t mean you doublechecked your citations for accuracy because clearly if two people have discovered that there were inaccuracies, then well….

His reply: —
Hank Klibanoff
Phone: 404-376-2641

Well, that answers a lot! I think I might have put that guy in his place. It may be the first time this audacious journalism major has truly won an argument of principles!

I am not going to say anything else on that topic though, except NEVER get arrogant with a red-head because a red-head can be just as stubborn and bull-headed.

See, I have a stubborn dog, and when we both get stubborn, nothing gets done!

Anyway, to anyone reading this, please pray that the situation involving the crotchety old man gets worked out however it will.