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Thursday, July 10, 2003

"Holy One-Armed Bandits, Batman"

Indian Country Today reports Indian Casinos are starting to kick the Maf's butt, in a frontpage story.

Boom times for Indian casinos, says Merrill Lynch
But watch out for rapid growth

Posted: July 10, 2003 - 9:09am EST
by: Mark Fogarty / Today Correspondent

NEW YORK - American Indian casinos will take in $15 billion, 36 percent of national gaming revenue this year, a figure that will rise to 40 percent by 2006, according to a major report by Merrill Lynch.

With this increase and further expansion on the horizon, Indian gaming has penetrated the bond market, with four financings since December, the investment banking company reported.

With stagnant markets in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, the dynamic growth in gaming is all in Indian country, wrote Merrill analyst Kurt van Kuller. But he also warned "rapid growth can be a mixed blessing."

Casino bonds often come with "a gusher of revenues," according to van Kuller. But, "investors need to ponder market saturation and the impact of potential new competitors in a fast-changing environment."(more)

New website from Alaska Legal Services- check it out

from their e-mail:
"This is a project of Alaska Legal Services Corporation and a number of
other justice community partners throughout the state. We would like
your help in letting your listeners know about the availability of the
site. We think this is particularly important in rural areas of the
state in which there are few, if any, sources of free or low-cost legal

Good analysis of the Senate field by the News-Miner's Sam Bishop

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Yes, kiddies, I KNOW he "announced."

Does anyone really care?
All this means is that we will see the REAL mean spirited, vindictive Tony Knowles. Do we REALLY want a (freshman) U.S. Senator who flies into rages that drive staff to hiding, literally hiding, under their desks?
I'm gonna take to calling him "Daschle's Dachsund."

Monday, July 07, 2003

Pity poor Dick Gephardt

The guy gives it up in the House of Representatives to take a swipe at the exalted Presidency.
Classic Liberal, bleach blond couif, the whole nine yards.
I would have held onto the Leadership gig. Nice pension and plenty of free tee vee time on weekends.
But no, he wants to be President of the Unted States.
Good Luck, hotshot.
In a desperate attempt to look hip, he's using the Internet, to no avail it would appear.
Today drudge shares that "Online supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful Dick Gephardt appear to have trouble organizing"
Ummmmm, yeah. I'd say so. Look at this pathetic attempt to harness the power of the World Wide Web.
Pick a zipcode, any zip code. I tried mine and was told that there just aren't enough dick g supporters in Anchorage to bother callng a "meetup" meeting to discuss the upcoming campaign.
The best part,though, is here.
Hey Dick- you don't need a campaign manager, you need a frickin' moderator hahahahahaha.
The dropdown menu is hilarious. I wonder how many supporters he has in Romania? Actually he appears to have some in Vancouver, B.C. Whats up with that?

First, some kind words for the City of Bethel Utilities Department

I ran out of water. Duh. Fourth of July Weekend. Wife, coupla kids, father in law, sister in law all here in the shack. Duh. "Can I take a shower?" every few minutes (well, not quite....). I knew I was running low and as soon as I walked in the house yesterday and heard my pressure pump and smelled it burning I KNEW I was low. Not just low, Mind you, bone dry!
So I called the Utilities Department this morning, asked for an extra fill-up and lo and behold not ten minutes later the water truck appears at my front door.
All I can say is, THAT's customer service.
Thanks, guys!