Wake up and smell the bad coffee

November 04, 2007|By DAN RODRICKS

Good morning, dear readers. In case you missed it, daylight-saving time ended at 2 o'clock this morning, so if you forgot to set your clocks back, I heartily suggest that you return to bed and read this column an hour from now. Go ahead. It'll keep. We're all sleep-deprived, and I do not want you to miss this opportunity for an additional 60 minutes of snooze. OK? See ya later.

15-minute pause.

ve come to -- corporate ownership of multiple tracks (thank you, Joe De Francis), cynical threats made to force the state's hand on slot machines to maximum benefit of those corporations and politicians who don't seem to grasp the significance of keeping Pimlico and the Preakness thriving, and in Baltimore. It's a mess.

Then again, we have pols, like Senate President Mike "They've Already Named a Building After Me" Miller, who embrace the corporate line and try to sell it to the public. Though it directs more than $100 million into racing purses, the O'Malley bill, says Miller, does not do enough to satisfy the tracks (read: Magna Entertainment, owner of Laurel, Pimlico and the Bowie training center). "Laurel's going to remain in existence," Mikey told The Sun the other day. `But with this bill, I believe Pimlico and Bowie get closed, and the Preakness goes." Magna couldn't have a better lobbyist.

It's crazy that the tracks in Maryland have not gone to nighttime racing to bring in more customers. All this talk of enriching purses is fine, but daytime racing ought to be replaced by twilight racing, and the tracks should not charge admission.

-------- To all readers who wrote those I-know-somethin'-you-don't-know letters about how Fort Carroll had been proposed as a site for a casino long before I brought the subject up again, in Thursday's column -- thanks, but I got it covered. I've written about it before. I know all about it. So nya-nya, and so's your old man. OK? Nostalgia is nice, but it takes up space.

-------- Paul Tibbets died, and I see the story continues to be that he had no regrets after flying the Hiroshima mission. Why is that surprising? The man flew dozens of missions over Europe. This was another mission -- a big one (though perhaps they did not know just how big at the time), but a mission just the same. He was a military pilot and a good one, neither philosopher nor ethicist.

-------- Don Imus will be going back to morning radio -- and I'll be going back to not listening.


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