The terrorist attack on September 11th has forever changed the lives of not only all Americans but people all over the world. When tragedy strikes we often question Why?
There is no easy answer to explain senseless acts of terrorism. There is however an answer to the question of how we would react to this attack on our country, our freedom and our way of life. The answer has been reverberating loudly all across America. We are mad as hell and we have come together to do what it takes to put an end to make sure that his will not happen again.
There has been a resurgence of Patriotism that I have not seen in this country for a long time. I have never felt prouder to be an American than I do right now. Driving down the street this afternoon I could not help but notice all of the American Flags proudly being displayed around my neighborhood.
We have put aside any petty differences amongst ourselves. This is not an issue about Democrats or Republicans and our leaders have set the example by unanimously backing our President and the decisions he is making to handle this situation. It is up to all of us to do the same. In his speech to the American people President Bush stressed that to win this war we would need patience and discipline. He explained that it will take time and we will need to be patient. He also said that we need to have the discipline to carefully plan out our plan of attack and not to just lash out as a reaction to the attack.
I am by no means trying to compare the seriousness of war with poker but as a poker player I can relate to his advice. The two most important traits a winning poker player develops are patience and discipline. The player must be patient to wait for a playable hand that will have a good chance of wining. The player also needs discipline to play their best game by correctly analyzing the situation and making correct strategy decisions to achieve a positive result.
I am sure whatever plans are being made in Washington will be carefully thought out and we as Americans will do what it takes to assure our success. The President has asked all Americans to try to get back to business and to show that we will now cower and give in to terrorism. Next week I will get back to the business of writing about casino gambling. Until then I just want to say, "God Bless America!"
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All over the country private citizens and businesses are making donations to aid the victims and families of this disaster and to help the valiant workers at the disaster sites in New York and Washington. Some of those making donations include businesses in the casino industry. The Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut who is preparing to unveil their new casino this week announced on September 14th that they would donate $1,000,000 to the relief efforts in New York.
Two of the biggest Casino Corporations, Park Place Entertainment and MGM/Mirage each donated $1,000,000 as well.
Late last week it was announced that the Gaming companies from around the world will join with World Gaming Congress and Expo to raise funds for disaster relief at the upcoming 15th annual gaming trade show, October 17-19 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.
Any one wishing to donate can make a donation payable to the Twin Towers Fund:
Twin Towers Fund
General Post Office
P O Box 26999
New York, NY 10089-6999