Caught Stealing

And it’s all perfectly legal, because it’s all in the math.

A game with a windfall for a knowing few

Billy’s Beer and Wine sold exactly $47 worth of lottery tickets the day before Marjorie Selbee arrived, just another sleepy day for the liquor store in this tiny Western Massachusetts town. But from the moment the 70-something woman from Michigan entered the store early July 12, Billy’s wasn’t sleepy anymore.

Over the next three days, Selbee bought $307,000 worth of $2 tickets for a relatively obscure game called Cash WinFall, tying up the machine that spits out the pink tickets for hours at a time. Down the road at Jerry’s Place, a coffee shop in South Deerfield, Selbee’s husband, Gerald, was also spending $307,000 on Cash WinFall. Together, the couple bought more than 300,000 tickets for a game whose biggest prize – about $2 million – has been claimed exactly once in the game’s seven-year history.

But the Selbees, who run a gambling company called GS Investment Strategies, know a secret about the Massachusetts State Lottery: For a few days about every three months, Cash WinFall may be the most reliably lucrative lottery game in the country. Because of a quirk in the rules, when the jackpot reaches roughly $2 million and no one wins, payoffs for smaller prizes swell dramatically, which statisticians say practically assures a profit to anyone who buys at least $100,000 worth of tickets.

During these brief periods – “rolldown weeks’’ in gambling parlance – a tiny group of savvy bettors, among them highly trained computer scientists from MIT and Northeastern University, virtually take over the game. Just three groups, including the Selbees, claimed 1,105 of the 1,605 winning Cash WinFall tickets statewide after the rolldown week in May, according to lottery records. They also appear to have purchased about half the tickets, based on reports from the stores that the top gamblers frequent most.

See also:
Elderly Couple Games Lottery, Wins Millions
Elderly Couple Finds Loophole In Massachusetts Lottery
How to Win the Lottery: Couple Profited From Quirk in Massachusetts Cash WinFall Game
Beating the System: Couple Spends $600,000 to Win Lottery Millions
Talk about making your own luck! Elderly couple who spent $600,000 on lottery tickets to win millions in prizes
Massachusetts Lottery Loophole Virtually Guaranteed a Profit
Massachusetts Lottery Players Exploit Game for Profit
How three groups collected almost 70% of lottery winnings
Gamblers find loophole in Mass. lottery game
Lottery scheme appears to cause trouble for area outlets
Massachusetts restricts lottery ticket sales after couple cracks secret to winning millions
Lottery restricts high-level players
Broken Lotteries

How stupid is Massachusetts for not catching this after the first time? Limiting the amount of tickets an outlet can sell in a day now is a lot like closing the barn door after the horse is long gone.

/oh well, all good things must come to an end and the Selbees are laughing all the way to the bank

Slum Wars

Well, Brazil has the World Cup and the Olympics coming up in a few years, the status quo can’t stand.

23 dead since Sunday in Brazil slum violence

Violence including clashes between police and drug gangs in the slums of Rio de Janeiro has killed 23 people since Sunday, with 188 people arrested or detained so far, military police said Thursday.

It was not immediately clear whether all the dead were gang members or whether civilians and police were among the fatalities.

The continuing unrest stems from the transfer of prisoners from local institutions to federal lockups in other states, the government-run Agencia Brasil news outlet reported, citing Rio de Janeiro Public Security Secretary Jose Mariano Beltrame. Some of the prisoners being transferred ordered the violence by drug gangs, Beltrame said.

Also factoring into the situation was a police effort to remove some drug gang members from Rio’s crime-ridden slums, called favelas.

See also:
Tanks Roll Into Rio Slum Amid Drug Battles
Military vehicles enter Brazil slum
Brazil Marines join slum battles, 30 people killed
Rio police targeting slum where gang based
Brazilian Authorities Target Slum in Rio Crime Crackdown
Military deploys armoured vehicles in Rio
Rio favela violence: The two rival factions behind the violence
Armored carriers deployed in Rio crime crackdown
Rio police targeting slum where gang based

This is what happens when the Government, ether purposely or through benign neglect, cedes control of state territory to enclaves and no go zones. Eventually, to avoid embarrassment and reestablish the law and order of the majority, the enclaves have to be retaken, and at great cost. It’s cheaper just to maintain law and order in the first place and not let these areas exist and fester.

/it’ll eventually happen here, Dearborn, Michigan comes to mind

Surprise, It’s Another Muslim Jihadi!

Of course, it’s really no surprise at all, unless you’re a lefty . . .

Was he a lone deranged nut, upset with Obamacare?

Maybe he was a right-wing nut?

Joining the Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent Bloomberg in the ranks of liberals quick-on-the-draw to accuse “mentally deranged” anti-big-government activists of being closeted domestic terrorists was Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler.

“It could have been an Islamic terrorist,” Nadler told the Politico, but then again “it could have been a right-wing nut,” he added. “People who are motivated because they’re sympathetic to al-Qaida, or to right-wing nut jobs sympathetic to others in Michigan, don’t have to be in contact with their leaders,” the House Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee’s chief said.

Robert Dreyfuss says, how about a Tea Party Teabagger?

It may be that the Pakistan-based Taliban, the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has quietly established a Connecticut franchise while we weren’t looking. That’s possible. But it seems far more likely to me that the perpetrator of the bungled Times Square bomb plot was either a lone nut job or a member of some squirrely branch of the Tea Party, anti-government far right. Which actually exists in Connecticut, where, it seems, the car’s license plates were stolen.

Ezra Klein thinks maybe he was just upset and despondent because he lost his house?

This guy is like string theory for the media: He brings together the seemingly incompatible stories that drove the past decade. That said, you of course don’t want to speculate on why someone “really” did something. The hearts of men are opaque, and motives are complex. But it’s a reminder that foreclosures generate an enormous amount of misery and anxiety and depression that can tip people into all sorts of dangerous behaviors that don’t make headlines but do ruin lives. And for all that we’ve done to save the financial sector, we’ve not done nearly enough to help struggling homeowners.

Seriously, who the hell knows why Faisal Shahzad parked a vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) in Times Square on a busy Saturday night, it’s all a big mystery . . . to Lefty.

Contessa Brewer was just hoping he was Michigan Militia and not a Muslim.

See also:
Denying Jihad — Again
Fallout: The terrorist who bombed
Car bomb suspect struggled to find a place
The Meaning of Faisal ‘Rorschach’ Shahzad
Link emerges between Times Square bomb attempt and Pakistani militant group
Where in Pakistan did Faisal Shahzad learn bomb-making skills?
Tracing NY bomb plot to Pakistan roots
Lawmakers, Officials Question How Faisal Shahzad Managed to Board a Plane
War By Euphemism
Obama Administration Declares Victory In War On Semantics
Domestic Contingency Operation
National Security Policy In Wonderland

You know, sometimes a Muslim jihadi is just a Muslim jihadi and Faisal Shahzad is a Muslim jihadi, trained to make bombs in Pakistan and carry out a jihad attack in the United States! Any second grader can easily connect the obvious dots with an oversized crayon, but not Lefty. Lefty refuses to acknowledge that the concept of “Islamic terrorism” even exists.

The Obama administration and Lefties everywhere had better start taking this real world threat seriously, instead of prancing around the edges of the problem, making up clever euphemisms and excuses for Islamic terrorism, so as not to offend the easily offended Muslims.

I don’t know about you, but I see a disturbing trend emerging. Lately, we haven’t stopped any Islamic terror attacks.

/except for Muslim jihadi Nidal Hasan, who succeeded in shooting 43 people, killing 13, the only reason we haven’t seen an even more enormous loss of life is because Muslim jihadi Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and Muslim jihadi Faisal Shahzad failed to successfully detonate their terrorist bombs

Aiming With Jesus

Michigan defense contractor has God in its sights

Combat rifle sights used by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan carry references to Bible verses, stoking concerns about whether the inscriptions break a government rule that bars proselytizing by American troops.

Military officials said the citations don’t violate the ban and they won’t stop using the telescoping sights, which allow troops to pinpoint the enemy day or night.

The contractor that makes the equipment, Trijicon of Wixom, Mich., said the U.S. military has been a customer since 1995 and the company has never received any complaints about the Scripture citations.

“We don’t publicize this,” Tom Munson, Trijicon’s director of sales and marketing, said in an interview. “It’s not something we make a big deal out of. But when asked, we say, ‘Yes, it’s there.'”

The inscriptions are subtle and appear in raised lettering at the end of the stock number. Trijicon’s rifle sights use tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, to create light and help shooters hit what they’re aiming for.

Markings on the Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight, which is standard issue to U.S. special operations forces, include “JN8:12,” a reference to John 8:12: “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.‘”

The Trijicon Reflex sight is stamped with 2COR4:6, a reference to part of the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians: “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

Wixom firm defends rifle sights with Bible verses

A Wixom-based company, Trijicon, that makes weapons for the U.S. military has come under fire for inscribing biblical references on rifle sights it produces.

But the company defended the practice, saying in a statement released today that “as part of our faith and our belief in service to our country, Trijicon has put scripture references on our products for more than two decades.”

“For two generations our Michigan-based family owned business has been working to provide America’s military men and women with high quality, innovative sighting systems for the weapons they use,” the company said in a statement released by Levick Strategic Communications in Washington D.C.

“Our effort is simple and straightforward: to help our servicemen and women win the war on terror and come home safe to their families. … As long as we have men and women in danger, we will continue to do everything we can to provide them with both state-of-the-art technology and the never-ending support and prayers of a grateful nation.

See also:
U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret ‘Jesus’ Bible Codes
Wixom firm’s military gunsights include biblical references
US troops issued with gun sights carrying coded references to Bible passages
U.S Military Uses Weapons With Biblical Inscriptions
In video, rifle reviewer touts Christian scope
Michigan weapons company Trijicon takes flak over soldiers’ rifle scopes branded with Bible verses
Objections to Marines’ Bible-coded rifle sights
Marine Corps Concerned About ‘Jesus Guns,’ Will Meet With Trijicon
Gunsights’ biblical references concern US and UK forces
U.S. Army to review defense contractor’s practice of putting Bible verses onto rifle sights
Trijicon, Inc. : Brilliant Aiming Solutions

It’s real hard for me to get worked up over this. It’s just a small, unpublicized code stamped into the casing at the end of the stock number, not whole Bible verses. That it took two decades for someone to figure it out and complain about it shows just how much of a tempest in a teapot this issue is. Our money has references to God all over it, yet we still carry it around every day.

Actually, if you read the Bible verses referred to by the codes, it’s pretty clever. They refer to light out of darkness. Light amplification sights, light out of darkness, get it?

/the atheists can always use the factory issue iron sights if they don’t like it, problem solved

Domestic Contingency Operation

Remember when the Obama administration replaced the phrase “global war on terror” with the ridiculously politically correct euphemism “overseas contingency operation”? Well, here’s a counterterrorism operation that could have occurred anywhere in Afghanistan or Iraq, but it didn’t, this counterterrorism operation (but don’t dare call it that) took place today in Dearborn, Michigan, USA.

Detroit mosque leader killed in FBI raids

The leader of a Detroit mosque who allegedly espoused violence and separatism was shot and killed Wednesday in an FBI gun battle at a Dearborn warehouse.

Luqman Ameen Abdullah, imam of the Masjid Al-Haqq mosque in Detroit, was being arrested on a raft of federal charges including conspiracy, receipt of stolen goods, and firearms offenses.

Charges were also filed against 11 of Abdullah’s followers. Eight were in custody Wednesday night awaiting detention hearings today; three remained at large.

A federal complaint filed Wednesday identified Abdullah, 53, also known as Christopher Thomas, as “a highly placed leader of a nationwide radical fundamentalist Sunni group.” His black Muslim group calls itself “Ummah,” or the brotherhood, and wants to establish a separate state within the United States governed by Sharia law, Interim U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg and Andrew Arena, FBI special agent in charge in Detroit, said in a joint statement.

“He regularly preaches anti-government and anti-law enforcement rhetoric,” an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit. “Abdullah and his followers have trained regularly in the use of firearms, and continue to train in martial arts and sword fighting.”

The Ummah is headed nationally by Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, who is serving a state sentence for the murder of two police officers in Georgia.

Early Wednesday afternoon, FBI agents and local police from the Joint Terrorism Task Force surrounded a warehouse and trucking firm on Miller Road near Michigan Avenue where Abdullah and four of his followers were hiding, said Special Agent Sandra Berchtold, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Detroit.

When agents entered the warehouse, four of the men obeyed orders to surrender but Abdullah opened fire and was shot to death, Berchtold said. An FBI dog was also shot and killed, she said.

Through a 45-page complaint filed in the case alleges Abdullah “calls his followers to an offensive jihad” and preaches that every Muslim should “have a weapon and should not be scared to use their weapon when needed,” charges in the case to not include terrorism or national security crimes.

So, Abdullah and his nationwide group Ummah advocate violent “offensive jihad” against the United States to establish a separate state governed by Sharia law, they engage in active weapons acquisition and training and encourage every Muslim to have a weapon and be prepared to use it in furtherance of the jihad, and today he kills an FBI dog while shooting at law enforcement. Phew, I’m sure relieved that there was no no need to file terrorism or national security crime charges against anyone in this case. That might look like we’re acknowledging that we have some type of larger problem with Muslim jihadis within our own borders.

See also:
Detroit Imam Killed, Six Arrested in an FBI Raid
Feds: Radical Islam group leader killed in raid
F.B.I. Raid Kills Islamic Group Leader in Michigan
Feds: Leader of radical Islam group killed in raid
Leader Of Islamic Group Killed In Raid
Leader of Detroit mosque killed in FBI raid
Radical Islamic leader killed in FBI raid in Detroit
FBI kills Islamist preacher during shootout in latest terror raid
Feds: Leader of radical Islam group killed in raid
Photographer attacked at mosque whose imam killed
Photographer from the News assaulted
Building Islam in Detroit :: Masjid al Haqq
H. Rap Brown

/the global Muslim Ummah and Jihad doesn’t recognize national borders or governments, the war overseas is the same as the war at home