Monday, June 12, 2006

Our child abuse society

(My Washington Times ad which ran several weeks ago.)

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/11/magazine/11poker.html

June 11, 2006
The Gambler
The Hold-'Em Holdup
By MATTATHIAS SCHWARTZ
Greg Hogan Jr. was on tilt. For months now, Hogan, a 19-year-old Lehigh University sophomore, had been on tilt, and he would remain on tilt for weeks to come. Alone at the computer, usually near the end of one of his long online gambling sessions, the thought "I'm on tilt" would occur to him. Dude, he'd tell himself, you gotta stop. These thoughts sounded the way a distant fire alarm sounds in the middle of a warm bath. He would ignore them and go back to playing poker. "The side of me that said, 'Just one more hand,' was the side that always won," he told me months later. "I couldn't get away from it, not until all my money was gone." In a little more than a year, he had lost $7,500 playing poker online.

"Tilt" is the poker term for a spell of insanity that often follows a run of bad luck. The tilter goes berserk, blindly betting away whatever capital he has left in an attempt to recoup his losses. Severe tilt can spill over past the poker table, resulting in reputations, careers and marriages being tossed away like so many chips. This is the kind of tilt Hogan had, tilt so indiscriminate that one Friday afternoon this past December, while on his way to see "The Chronicles of Narnia" with two of his closest friends, he cast aside the Greg Hogan everyone knew — class president, chaplain's assistant, son of a Baptist minister — and became Greg Hogan, the bank robber..."

I WOULDN'T BE TRYING FOR THE WHITE HOUSE IF I THOUGHT OUR MEDICAL AND POLITICAL LEADERSHIP GENUINELY CARED ABOUT OUR CHILDREN. JUST FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE YOU'D WANT TO PROTECT THEM FROM EASILY BECOMING HABITUAL GAMBLERS LIKE GREG HOGAN.

My message at the Texas GOP convention last week and this week in Des Moines at the Iowa GOP meeting, is we need to governed by real grownups.

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