Author Archives: CriticalDan

What does Connecticut know about casinos?

Quite a few things, as it happens.  After all, Connecticut plays host to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, the biggest, baddest gaming meccas this side of the Mississippi.  And yes, I’m counting Atlantic City – and anyone who has been both to AC and to Connecticut’s two tribal mega-casinos knows why.  If there is a “right” way to do a mega-casino,…

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The Globe *Hearts* Elizabeth Warren

It's love.  Not a crush, not a flirtation – L-O-V-E love.  The Boston Globe is head over heels for Elizabeth Warren.  That in itself is no real surprise.  A Harvard professor?  A veteran of the Obama Administration?  A self-styled anti Wall Street crusader?  And she wants to run statewide, against the guy who shook the Globe's collective worldview to its…

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Breaking News From the Land of Duh – MA Casino Edition

The Globe’s front page today has one of those articles that just makes a careful reader want to pound his head against the nearest wall.  Titled “Gambling projections for Mass no sure bet,” the basic conclusion of the lengthy analysis is that the 2008 gaming-industry-generated “study” on which Massachusetts political leaders are relying for jobs and revenue projections…

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As goes the Vineyard?

It's easy to look at today's Globe article about President Obama's flagging popularity on, gulp, Martha's Vineyard and draw the obvious conclusion: If they no longer love love love him on that elite liberal enclave, he may be well and truly toast next year.  Or maybe long-time summer residents just wish he'd give them a summer off from the motorcades…

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The Great Quake of 2011

First, in a day of pretty funny tweets and FB posts, this is far and away my favorite – "DC Earthquake Devastation":   Serious prediction: within three business days – five at the most (it IS August, after all), one or more busybody Massachusetts legislators will file a bill to address "earthquake preparedness."  This bill will include funding for one…

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