John McCain’s Gambling Problem — and Ours?

And Noam Schieber comments today at the New Republic’s The Stump blog on McCain’s visits to the crap tables in Vegas: “A few thousand dollars at a time? Wow. It’s certainly a far cry from the $1-ante games Obama played in Springfield.”

You may have read the Time piece already so here is an excerpt from an earlier Connie Bruck piece in The New Yorker, May 30, 2005:

This is not exactly my area of expertise, though I have been to Vegas three times in the past two years for conventions, during which I played the slots in the casinos for about a half-hour total — while winning two $75 jackpots on the machines at the airport!

Only recently have McCain’s aides urged him to pull back from the pastime. Craps is an absurd game of luck. Wes Gullett, a close friend who worked for McCain for years, told me that they used to play craps in Las Vegas in fourteen-hour stints, standing at the tables from 10 a.m. “Enjoying craps opens up a window on a central thread constant in John’s life,” says John Weaver, McCain’s former chief strategist, who followed him to many a casino. It is a game of skill. “And he just sort of revels in it.”

A diarist at DailyKos is even probing whether McCain has ever filed the proper federal tax forms for gambling profits and losses. “Taking a chance, playing against the odds.” Aides say McCain tends to play for a few thousand dollars at a time and avoids taking markers, or loans, from the casinos, which he has helped regulate in Congress. “Craps is addictive,” McCain remarked, and he headed for the fifteen-dollar-minimum-bet tables. “Uh-oh!” he cried, as a player accidentally threw the dice off the table. “He clearly knows that this is on the borderline of what is acceptable for him to be doing,” says a Republican who has watched McCain play. primary fight last spring, he announced on a visit to the Vegas Strip that he was going to the casino floor.

The moment the car stopped at McCain’s hotel in downtown New Orleans, he set out at his usual fast clip for Harrah’s, across the street. In the past decade, [McCain] has played on Mississippi riverboats, on Indian land, in Caribbean craps pits and along the length of the Las Vegas Strip. In the heat of the G.O.P. “He never, ever plays on the house,” says Mark Salter, a McCain adviser. That’s more than borderline unseemly, I’d say — easily several hundred thousand dollars over a period of 5-10 years if McCain plays regularly. You may have thrilling short term wins but only madmen play craps.”

The surprising Time magazine piece this week about the gambling habits of John McCain (craps) and Barack Obama (poker) continues to reverberate, with McCain’s much more avid and cash-expending pursuit drawing most of the attention. But McCain’s betting formula makes it much more complicated. “This is a very, very superstitious game,” he said. His aides, with alarm bells ringing, refused again, according to two accounts of the discussion.”

It’s not exactly a bolt out of the blue — as long ago as the 2000 campaign, Maureen Dowd was joking about the Bush men staking out the craps tables in Vegas to catch McCain in the act — but still intriguing. McCain is an avid gambler.

I love this quote from Anthony Holden, the well-known British poker-player and writer, from a recent article in the London Telegraph: “We poker players don’t call poker gambling. to midnight. Back in 2005 he joined a group of journalists at a magazine-industry conference in Puerto Rico, offering betting strategy on request.

. The goal, say several people familiar with his habit, is never financial. He loves the thrill of winning and the camaraderie at the table.

But will all this attention now “scare the craps” out of McCain?

This Blogger’s Books and Other Items from…

And here’s an excerpt from the Time story:

The Michael Scherer and Michael Weisskopf article at Time contrasted McCain’s high-stakes and risk-taking gambling with Obama’s cautious, cerebral brand, practically inviting readers to consider how this might play out when one of them is in the Oval Office. At the most obvious level, the game is incredibly simple — players rotate turns throwing the dice, and you either win or lose depending on what number comes up. When his aides stopped him, fearing a public relations disaster, McCain suggested that they ask the casino to take a craps table to a private room, a high-roller privilege McCain had indulged in before

Home Remedies for Leg Cramps

Rubbing will generate heat and would help in relaxing the contracted muscles. People who experience leg cramps may be found with calcium, sodium, potassium or magnesium deficiencies. A laboratory test would help in determining the root cause of the problem. Remedies

To know what exactly leg cramps feel like, ask a person who has experienced them. When a person experiences leg cramps, he or she would feel sudden muscle spasms on that part of the leg for a few minutes. Buy a new pair of flat shoes or sandals and check whether there is any difference. Leg cramps most commonly occur in the calf muscles, but it can also occur at the hamstring, quadriceps and feet. Taking a hot shower before retiring to bed is also a part of treatment of leg cramps.

Doing stretching exercises twice everyday would also be beneficial. It might be difficult to avoid movement when you are in agony. Applying ice pack on the affected area would also be helpful in reducing the pain caused by leg cramps.

If an individual is experiencing leg cramps very often, it would be beneficial to have a check up done by a medical practitioner. However, both young and old people can experience this problem. If an electrolyte deficiency is seen in the person, the physician would recommend the patient to consume sodium, magnesium, calcium or potassium supplements. Most of the time, we sleep by tucking the blanket tightly underneath causing the feet to bend downwards, leading to severe leg cramps. One of the most common causes of leg cramps is a person’s sleeping position. Follow these remedies regularly and you would surely experience freedom from the unbearable pain that accompanies muscle cramps.

Causes. Another method would be to do certain stretching exercises which would help in relieving the pain. Besides, people who experience frequent muscle cramps, have to learn about their remedy that would help in stopping the occurrence of the pain forever. Another reason for muscle cramps is said to be imbalance of electrolytes found in the body. Moreover, some kind of nerve disorders can also give rise to leg cramps.

If you have a leg cramp in the middle of the night or at the gym while exercising, the method to relieve the pain immediately would be to massage the part of the leg where the pain has arisen. It has been observed that people who have done stretching exercises regularly find relief from leg cramps in 3 – 4 weeks time. The main reason for occurrence of leg cramps is contraction of the muscles in that area.

Leg cramps, which are also called muscle cramps are most commonly seen in old people. Sometimes, people have experienced leg cramps while doing vigorous activities or exercises. One’s diet should include green leafy vegetables, eggs, milk, fish, cheese, nuts and fresh fruits to diminish the occurrence of leg cramps.

To decrease the intensity of pain during and post a leg cramp, make sure to hold your leg as still as possible. Rather, there are many reasons that can lead to muscle cramps. Before one starts exercising at the gym, do not forget to do warm up and stretching exercises too. Dehydration is also said to be one of the main causes of muscle cramps. The answer surely would be an agonizing pain in the legs, most of the time during the middle of the night. Though the pain does not stay for a long time, a feeling of tenderness would linger around for the whole day. It is also very common in athletic people, pregnant woman and alcoholics. However, lesser the movement you make, shorter is the duration of leg cramps.

Sometimes the use of a wrong kind of footwear like high heels can also give rise to leg cramps. However, before we look at the treatment measures, let us look at the causes that stimulate leg cramps in human beings.

The reason for people to experience leg cramps cannot be limited to just one factor. There are also some other measures that have to be taken by the person as a part of leg cramps remedies.

Drinking a glass of warm milk or hot water before going to bed would decrease the chances of leg cramps at night. Drinking lots of fluids (water and fruit juices) would keep one hydrated and safe from muscle cramps.

Along with exercises, it is also necessary to bring a change in one’s diet and food habits

Home Remedies for Leg Cramps

One of the most common causes of leg cramps is a person’s sleeping position. Buy a new pair of flat shoes or sandals and check whether there is any difference. Moreover, some kind of nerve disorders can also give rise to leg cramps.. Leg cramps most commonly occur in the calf muscles, but it can also occur at the hamstring, quadriceps and feet. One’s diet should include green leafy vegetables, eggs, milk, fish, cheese, nuts and fresh fruits to diminish the occurrence of leg cramps.

To decrease the intensity of pain during and post a leg cramp, make sure to hold your leg as still as possible. The answer surely would be an agonizing pain in the legs, most of the time during the middle of the night. Sometimes, people have experienced leg cramps while doing vigorous activities or exercises. There are also some other measures that have to be taken by the person as a part of leg cramps remedies.

Drinking a glass of warm milk or hot water before going to bed would decrease the chances of leg cramps at night. Before one starts exercising at the gym, do not forget to do warm up and stretching exercises too. A laboratory test would help in determining the root cause of the problem. Besides, people who experience frequent muscle cramps, have to learn about their remedy that would help in stopping the occurrence of the pain forever. The main reason for occurrence of leg cramps is contraction of the muscles in that area.

Leg cramps, which are also called muscle cramps are most commonly seen in old people. It might be difficult to avoid movement when you are in agony. Drinking lots of fluids (water and fruit juices) would keep one hydrated and safe from muscle cramps.

Along with exercises, it is also necessary to bring a change in one’s diet and food habits. Another reason for muscle cramps is said to be imbalance of electrolytes found in the body. It has been observed that people who have done stretching exercises regularly find relief from leg cramps in 3 – 4 weeks time. However, both young and old people can experience this problem. Rubbing will generate heat and would help in relaxing the contracted muscles. Dehydration is also said to be one of the main causes of muscle cramps. It is also very common in athletic people, pregnant woman and alcoholics. Applying ice pack on the affected area would also be helpful in reducing the pain caused by leg cramps.

If an individual is experiencing leg cramps very often, it would be beneficial to have a check up done by a medical practitioner. Another method would be to do certain stretching exercises which would help in relieving the pain. Taking a hot shower before retiring to bed is also a part of treatment of leg cramps.

Doing stretching exercises twice everyday would also be beneficial. Most of the time, we sleep by tucking the blanket tightly underneath causing the feet to bend downwards, leading to severe leg cramps. However, lesser the movement you make, shorter is the duration of leg cramps.

Sometimes the use of a wrong kind of footwear like high heels can also give rise to leg cramps. People who experience leg cramps may be found with calcium, sodium, potassium or magnesium deficiencies. However, before we look at the treatment measures, let us look at the causes that stimulate leg cramps in human beings.

If you have a leg cramp in the middle of the night or at the gym while exercising, the method to relieve the pain immediately would be to massage the part of the leg where the pain has arisen. Causes

To know what exactly leg cramps feel like, ask a person who has experienced them. Follow these remedies regularly and you would surely experience freedom from the unbearable pain that accompanies muscle cramps.

Remedies

The reason for people to experience leg cramps cannot be limited to just one factor. If an electrolyte deficiency is seen in the person, the physician would recommend the patient to consume sodium, magnesium, calcium or potassium supplements. When a person experiences leg cramps, he or she would feel sudden muscle spasms on that part of the leg for a few minutes. Rather, there are many reasons that can lead to muscle cramps. Though the pain does not stay for a long time, a feeling of tenderness would linger around for the whole day