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Silly as it may sound in this century, there is no doubt in my mind that a nation that makes bucks off the weakness of the citizens deserves the Roman ending it will see.

And speaking of Roman endings, Joe_JP remembers Caesar's remark upon crossing the Rubicon: "alea iacta est." But Joe also answers Flyn's Sister here:

Gambling also gives different classes of people something to do and a reason to come together. Take guys ... women talk all the time ... heck they spend more time talking in the bathroom than most guys do to each other on a daily basis. Poker games puts them together to bond and such. Bingo games serve the same function for old people ... btw that sister of yours probably doesn't think that is a mortal sin … Lotto games forces poor people to take part in making the tax system even less progressive than it is.

See, totally logical, really … 8:10 a.m.

J.D. Connor is assistant professor of English and of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard. He is working on a book about neoclassical Hollywood.

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